The Q8 concept will beget a full-size, coupe-ish flagship production SUV in 2018.
Displayed at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Detroit, the all-new Audi Q8 concept says a lot about how the styling of new luxury SUVs are going to be in the days to come. With almost every luxury automakers expanding their SUV line-up, it is not just the butch looks and size that is going to matter for the future SUVs. Audi believes that the sporty and elegant lines of a coupe will help the SUVs to stand out the crowd. Aesthetic appeal of a coupe-ish styling gives a whole new rendition for the luxury SUVs with their mammoth dimensions and functionality.
The distinctive octagonal singleframe grille with honeycomb insert and upright double bars, and the flat, wedge-shaped headlights are whole-new, likely to be adopted in other production cars of the family. The headlamp area and the lower-bumper styling appears hollow, while the clear geometry renders an uncluttered and determined look for the car.
Over the sides, the dynamic body lines climb upward toward the rear. Every surfaces – fenders, door panels, and window area – are treated with athletic curves and multifaceted edges. Do note that there are no door handles; doors are opened via touch sensors. The rear profile of the car is defined by the long edge spoiler over the roof end, which shades over the slant windshield. The full-length e-tron light strip and the aluminium-finish rear diffuser presents a wide-body feel.
The luxury lounge inside comprises of four individual seats with separate geometry and electric functions, biggest-ever contact analogue head-up display, and an updated high-definition virtual cockpit with added functions. The centre console has a display too, for infotainment and other in-cabin utility functions.
The Q8 concept SUV features a plug-in hybrid system that consists of a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor, together generating 443 hp (330 kW) and 700 Nm of torque. The IC engine is paired to an 8-speed auto gearbox. Audi claims that the hybrid SUV can hit 0-100 kmph in 5.4 seconds, with an unbelievable 2.3 litres of fuel consumption per 100 km. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 kmph, it adds.
The lithium-ion battery pack has a capacity of 17.9 kWh, enough for a pure-electric driving range up to 60 kms on a single charge. Recharging from nil make take about 2.5 hours. An improved Quattro all-wheel drive system will be on the list too.