Audi Q8 showcased privately, confirmed to debut in June this year

16 March 2018 - IndianAutosBlog

Audi Q8 showcased privately, confirmed to debut in June this year

The production Audi Q8 is ready now and it was showcased privately yesterday.

Audi's Technical Development chief Peter Mertens has confirmed that the new Q family model will have its world debut in Shanghai in June 2018.

The Audi Q8 was introduced in concept form at NAIAS 2017. A sportier variant called Audi Q8 Sport followed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show soon after. Like the Audi Q2, the Q8 will have a much more individual design than the rest of Audi models. Spy shots have revealed that features like flat, wedge-shaped headlights, the wide Singleframe grille and the connected rear lights in a familiar design will still make it look like a typical Audi, though.

The Audi Q8 will utilise the same platform as the Audi Q7 – MLB-Evo. The coupe SUV is expected to arrive with V6 and V8 petrol and diesel engines featuring conventional gas-driven turbochargers. It may adopt electric turbocharging at a later stage, though. In addition, a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.9-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine and an electric motor is also expected, borrowed from the third-gen Porsche Cayenne. An Audi SQ8 may follow at a later stage, sporting the Audi SQ7's 4.0-litre triple-turbo V8 diesel engine.

Audi will manufacture the Q8 in Bratislava, Slovakia. It will compete with the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.

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