Luxury car automakers like Audi have stayed out of the SUV market for a while now, but Audi is still on the path of making a charm offensive with their luxury crossover Q7. Their newest entry the 2019 Audi Q8 coupe SUV will have some familiarities to the Q7 with the technology and performance being comparable to the A8 sedan.
Even though the Q8 is yet to be revealed to the public, the styling will most likely be modern and sporty which will definitely put its competition to shame. This new SUV from Audi is targeted for the Middle East, North America, and Chinese markets due to the high demand for first-class SUVs.
2019 Audi Q8 Concept Design:
Images of the exterior profile of the 2019 Audi Q8 are yet to be released by the automaker. The SUV is being tested under the camouflage of the Q7. What we know so far is that the Q8 will display a sportier design than the Q7. Some of the exterior cues might be borrowed from the Q7 with the high possibility that the coupe –like- roof will be part of it.
Contemporary elements have been included in the Audi Q8 that distinguishes it from the Q7, it has an angular C-pillar and full-width taillights. The front appearance will be different from the Q7 with the grille assembly and headlight featuring new design elements.
The exterior cues will be tweaked to make 2019 Audi Q8 more stylish with reports of it measuring about 197” long. Apart from that, other possible features expected in the Q8 include a sloping roofline, angled rear windows, and a shallower side glass.
When compared to the Q7, the 2019 Audi Q8 will have more superior design elements to justify its high ranking in the SUV lineup. Most of the styling elements of the Q8 will be adopted from its predecessor, the Q7, however, it will exhibit a greater sophistication much similar to the A8L sedan.
Inside the cabin will be the latest premium materials available in the market with top notch entertainment and connectivity technologies. The standard upholstery to be used on the seats will be Alcantara and leather. Wood trims and aluminum will be used in areas not covered with Alcantara and Leather.
If the automaker implements the dashboard design of the Q7 then the Q8 will have a clean center stack, digital instrument cluster, and a continuous vent strip. This luxury SUV is rumored to have an MMI system that works by assimilating the Intelligent technologies available in the vehicle. Such an amazing interior design cannot lack a huge screen for the infotainment system.
Rear passengers will be taken care of nicely owing to the two tablets located on the back seat headrests. The powerful audio system will be provided for the audiophiles.
2019 Audi Q8 Engine Options:
The automaker is yet to release the official engine specification of the Q8. Nonetheless, reports indicate that this 2019 Audi Q8 model will have almost the same diesel and gasoline engines as the Q7. Unfortunately, the North American market will not be provided with the diesel engine variant.
A 4 Cylinder, 2.0L engine will be available is certain markets with a horsepower of 252 Hp with 272 lb-ft torque. A V6, 3.0L engine will provide 333 Hp with a torque of 325 lb-ft. There is a high chance of a turbo diesel V6 engine capable of delivering 218 Hp with 369 lb-ft torque. A TDI, 3.0L will be part of the diesel engine with 272 Hp, and a torque of 442 lb-ft.
The automaker is more likely to introduce an e-Tron variant to be powered by combining an electric motor and a 3.0L TDI. This incredible pairing is estimated to deliver 373 Hp and a torque of 516 lb-ft.
Using the electric power only, the battery pack can clear 34.8 miles. An 8 speed, ZF-sourced automatic transmission system will transmit power to the wheels. The RS Q8, which is a high-performance model powered by twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engines producing above 500Hp might also be offered by the automaker.
2019 Audi Q8 Price and Release Date:
Audi is yet to provide information on the official release dates of the 2019 Q8 with the model scheduled for a motor show sometime this year. In terms of prices, $66,200 might be the starting price, with the highest performance RS Q8 anticipated to start at $119,000.