Looks like the Audi Q8 could break cover sooner than expected.
In the next couple of years, Audi’s SUV line-up will expand with the introduction of two all-new Q models: the compact Q4 and the new flagship Q8. The automaker has already confirmed the latter will be revealed this year, but a mysterious teaser image posted on Audi’s Facebook page has given us our first official look at the upcoming Q8. Images preview the Q8’s sporty silhouette with the caption: "He carries the gene of the #Audi #Urquattro." Audi went on to say the crossover sports a “new face with luxury class prestige engraved into every detail.”
That doesn’t give us much to go on, but the teasers show the Q8 will have a wide Singleframe grille, a sleek shape and a sloping roofline. It also appears to have muscular rear fenders, large alloy wheels and slim taillights. Expect the final production model to share similarities with the Q8 concept shown last year. Audi hasn’t revealed much about the Q8 so far, but we already know it will share its underpinnings with the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, and Touareg, which all ride on Volkswagen’s MLBevo platform. Audi’s new flagship SUV is expected to have the same engine options as the Q7, so expect a base model packing a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 252 hp on tap.
There will also likely be a more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 model with 355 hp. Given Audi’s focus on electrification, a plug-in hybrid version is also likely to join the line-up. More powerful S Q8 and RS Q8 variants are also expected, with the latter rumored to be powered by a Porsche-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. While Audi has previously said the Q8 won't break cover until June, these teasers suggest it could debut at the Beijing Auto Show this week so watch this space.