Facelifted Audi Q8 Spied Again With Snazzy New Lighting Design

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A reveal should take place around the middle of this year.

Days after being spotted undergoing testing in Europe, new spy images have emerged of the upgraded Audi Q8 SUV, only this time, the sporty Q8 was seen in the snow.

Compared to earlier images, we can now see that the headlight and taillight graphics have changed. This is a bit more noticeable at the back, where the taillight elements have been neatly separated into two rows. Coupled with the dynamic turn signals and animation effects that are already available on the current Q8, this should give the latest model an even more modern glow at night.

The facelifted Q8 will also receive a bolder grille treatment, restyled headlights, and a new front bumper.


As we've mentioned before, the current Q8 grille with vertical lines will be replaced by a mesh-style version, complemented by mesh intakes lower down. This black one also had sporty tailpipes on either side of the rear bumper, and the placement of the camo wrap suggests that there could be changes to the rear bumper and side sills. Audi's updated two-dimensional logo will probably also appear on the nose.

Despite being one of Audi's most desirable SUVs, the Q8 has almost flown under the radar of late. That can be blamed on the multitude of new e-tron-badged electric crossovers that have either been introduced or are coming soon. It's a group that includes the Q4 e-tron, Q6 e-tron, and what could be considered the electric version of the Q8: the Q8 e-tron.


As for the other changes that await the upgraded Q8, we'll have to wait and see what they are. The current version uses a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Although that's as much power as the base BMW X6 makes, the Bimmer is the quicker vehicle, so a power increase wouldn't be the worst thing for the Q8.

Vehicles like the current Q8 won't be around in the Audi stable for much longer, though. The automaker will gradually be phasing out internal combustion engines in its lineup until all are gone by 2033.

After 2026, no newly-developed Audis will be gas-powered. That makes vehicles like the Q8 the last of a very special breed from the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer. We expect to see the updated Q8 revealed as a 2024 model around the middle of 2023.


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