Posted on: Nov 19, 2012 | 16,343 reads

Audi Developing Q8 Crossover

A high-end crossover coupe will crown a new range of sportier 4x4s from Ingolstadt.
Audi has given the green light to the new range-topping Q8, a high-end crossover SUV that will crown the brand's range of sportier, Range Rover-rivaling 4x4s. According to Car magazine, the Audi Q8 will share the new platform developed for the next-gen Q7/Cayenne/Touareg - a long-wheelbase version of the next MLB architecture. Currently, Audi Q models adopt odd numbers, its Q3, Q5 and Q7 models representing the line of regular, boxy SUVs, with even-numbered Q2, Q4, Q6 and Q8 modles to be more coupe-like.
Audi Developing Q8 Crossover
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The new Q8 will boast an aluminum-dominated structure that some say will be 300kg lighter than the lumpy Q7. Stylistically think of a crossover A7 or A8, with Audi's limo set to spawn a multitude of new models including a LWB A8 and a four-seater A9 coupe. A range of V6 and V8 gasoline and diesel engines will power the Q8. There'll also be room for a range of plug-in hybrids and a 550-horsepower RS variant, taking the fight to sister-company Porsche's Cayenne Turbo S. Audi is still in the advanced planning stage of the Q8's production, so don't expect to see it in showrooms any time before 2017.
Audi Developing Q8 Crossover
Audi Developing Q8 Crossover
Audi Developing Q8 Crossover
Audi Developing Q8 Crossover
Audi Developing Q8 Crossover



by Adam Lynton
Audi Developing Q8 Crossover
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