DETROIT: Audi took advantage of the throngs of automotive media to reveal its Q8 Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Although still a concept at this stage, Audi is pretty confident that it will be in full production and be introduced as a 2018 model.
What makes the Q8 stand out is that it will come only as a plug-in hybrid. It will combine the already proven 3.0-litre TFSI engine with an electric motor capable of generating 100 kW of power.
The gasoline engine can produce 333 hp and 368 lb/ft of torque while the electric motor can produce 243 lb/ft of torque on its own.
When combined, the total output is 300 kW and 516 lb/ft of torque. These will be linked to an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and will propel it from 0-100 km/h in an amazing 5.4 seconds up to a top speed of 250 km/h
The Q8 will enter the market as a full-sized SUV Coupe with spacious seating for four and with 630 litres of cargo capacity giving plenty of room for their luggage as well.
The interior design will still incorporate Audi’s virtual cockpit but will have a plethora of upgrades and additions.
From the outside the Q8 Concept has a much wider stance than any other current Audi production models. At just over two metres wide and a tad over five metres long the Q8 will certainly muscle its way into the full-size SUV segment. Audi have classified it as an full-size SUV Coupe, but have cleverly kept away from the dramatic sloping rear end like the other full-size SUV Coupe’s in the market, thus making the rear seating compartment comfortable with adequate headroom and more than adequate legroom, without losing the coupe styling and feel.
If the Q8 does make it into full production in 2018, as Audi have predicted, it will certainly shake up the luxury SUV marketplace – not only giving customers the versatility of a full-size SUV, but being able to combine performance, fuel economy and stylish good looks as well.