The A8 will arrive in 2020 with an available plug-in hybrid system. The car was redesigned for 2019 to include a more muscular look, updated lighting, and an interior technology refresh, so other changes should be less significant.
The plug-in hybrid system will use a 14.1-kWh battery pack hidden away under the cargo floor that should produce around 25 miles of electric range. This will be paired with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. Beyond fuel economy, having a battery pack on board enables the car to heat itself without running the engine and will help owners get around areas that may enact partial combustion engine bans in the future.
The navigation system will work with the hybrid technology to plan the most efficient routes and a haptic feedback system in the accelerator pedal will let the driver know when to lighten up to preserve fuel economy.
Elsewhere, we expect to see the same top-notch features that come standard on the current A8 sedan: premium leather upholstery, navigation, heated 18-way power-adjustable front seats, and a dual-touchscreen infotainment system. Audi has also announced a predictive active suspension setup that uses cameras to judge road conditions and adjust damping force accordingly.
The A8 Hybrid will compete against the same mainstays as its non-hybrid counterpart: the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. We don’t yet have pricing for the new hybrid model, but pricing for the standard 2019 A8 started at $83,800.