The Q8 was all-new for 2019, so don’t expect to see a major overhaul for the 2020 model year. The SUV sports a unique shape that resembles the “coupe” looks that many BMW and Mercedes-Benz models have taken on in recent years.
We should continue seeing the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Q8 will still sport an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard Quattro all-wheel drive.
There will be a virtual cockpit system, which replaces the normal gauges behind the steering wheel with a digital display. There’s also an available top-down camera system with a 360-degree view with a clever 3D image of the Q8.
Last year’s Q8 scored top safety ratings and should do the same for 2020. We expect to continue seeing front and rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking as standard equipment.
The Q8 will compete against the BMW X7 and Volvo XC90, despite being slightly larger and more expensive than the Volvo. We expect to see pricing starting around the $67,400 we saw in 2019.