Audi brings the 2019 A8 to LA
First shown back in 2014 at the LA Auto Show as the Prologue concept, the full production 2019 Audi A8 will be shown at this week’s LA show.
Audi says the all-new A8 redefines future premium and leads to all that is to come in the Audi model portfolio.
The exterior design of the all-new 2019 A8 marks the start of a new era for Audi.
With an emphasis on progressive elegance, the sedan blends bespoke craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. The latest generation A8 establishes the basis from which the Audi portfolio will build upon in terms of design and integration of life-simplifying technologies.
The exterior lighting is state-of-the-art, particularly when equipped with HD Matrix LED headlights and rear lamps with OLED technology, further cementing Audi lighting leadership.
These taillights continue the horizontal architecture from the front of the vehicle, contributing to an overall light, precise and distinctly Audi presence. The result is a dynamic light show, welcoming driver and passersby.
Based on the ASF multi-material frame technology, the body of the 2019 A8 consists of 58 per cent aluminum parts paired with hot form-steel and ultra-high strength carbon fiber reinforced polymer components, creating a dramatically stronger body in white over the outgoing model.
Rear-seat passengers experience advancements through a host of relaxation and comfort features, from available, fully customizable Matrix LED reading lights, allowing the customer to direct overhead lighting where it’s needed most, to reclining and multi-setting heated massage seating.
Further enhancing the rear-passenger experience are electrically height-adjustable comfort head restraints, footrests, a long center heated console and arm rests, four-zone automatic air conditioning, the Rear Seat Entertainment system comprising of two Audi tablets, and a detachable Rear Seat Remote.
Stored in the center console, this smartphone-sized OLED touch control remote allows passengers to conveniently customize their seating and infotainment preferences. Completing the luxury cabin, for ultimate relaxation, the right rear passenger seat offers an available heated massaging footrest discretely positioned on the rear of the front passenger seat. The A8 interior offers a serene respite from the hectic life that surrounds it.
Launching with a new 3.0-litre V6 turbo engine, the A8 powertrain is paired with a standard new 48-volt electric mild-hybrid drivetrain.
This 10Ah lithium-ion battery and new belt-driven alternator starter (BAS) has been engineered to support the TFSI engine and functions as the main vehicle electrical system enabling the advanced infotainment and luxury equipment including the driver assistance systems and electromechanical suspension in the A8.
This system allows for recuperation of power and is designed to provide a more efficient, responsive and smooth ride. The paired powertrains operate in conjunction with a fast and gently shifting eight speed tiptronic transmission and standard quattro all-wheel drive with self-locking centre differential.