Audi’s new con­cept

Is it a coupe? Is it an SUV? The Audi Q8 Con­cept is both

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This Ger­man metal con­cept will break seg­ments.

A udi re­cently un­veiled its Q8 Con­cept at the North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show, and it’s a pre­view of the Ger­man car­maker’s fu­ture Q flag­ship that will be­long to a new seg­ment: full-size lux­ury SUV coupe. At 5,020mm long, it is only 32mm shorter than its more prac­ti­cal Q7 sib­ling. But at only 1,700mm tall, the sleeker Q8 sits 41mm lower, at least in con­cept form.

Now if you’re a fan of the styling, here’s some good news for you: This hints at Audi’s next-gen­er­a­tion SUV de­sign lan­guage. Up front, it gets a much wider, bolder, and more an­gu­lar ver­sion of the com­pany’s sin­gle frame grille, flanked here by very slim R8-es­que head­lamps that use fu­tur­is­tic laser light­ing tech­nol­ogy. A mul­ti­tude of in­takes on the front fas­cia contribute to a very pow­er­ful and ag­gres­sive face. The sides get wide and curvy front fend­ers, and broad rear haunches for a mus­cu­lar look. The sharply sloped D-pil­lars and the an­gu­lar rear end were in­spired by the iconic ’80s Quat­tro Coupe; if you think you’ve seen mod­ern it­er­a­tions of th­ese be­fore, Audi did a cou­ple of tribute coupe con­cepts ear­lier in this decade.

In­side, the cabin gets a fu­tur­is­tic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Q7’s hor­i­zon­tal dash­board lay­out. It’s got a heads-up dis­play, a fully digital clus­ter, and mul­ti­ple touch­screens that have re­placed sev­eral but­tons and con­trol knobs for a neat and stream­lined lay­out. The Q8 be­ing a flag­ship Q model, what it lacks in prac­ti­cal­ity it makes up for in tech, com­fort and lux­ury. Of note, there are four leather-clad bucket seats and a touch­screen for the rear pas­sen­gers.

To en­sure this beast has the per­for­mance to match its sporty looks, it gets a 3.0-liter tur­bopetrol V6, good for 333hp and 500Nm, as well as a 100kW elec­tric mo­tor, for a com­bined sys­tem out­put of 443hp and 700Nm. The com­bi­na­tion yields 0-100kph in 5.4sec, and a top speed of 250kph—while still de­liv­er­ing an im­pres­sive 43.5km/L, or so Audi claims. The driver can also choose from three se­lectable drive modes, namely, Hy­brid, EV and Bat­tery Hold; the last one saves the bat­tery’s charge for later use. As ex­pected from the In­gol­stadt-based car­maker, the Q8 comes stan­dard with Quat­tro all-wheel drive, which fea­tures wheel selec­tive torque con­trol.

Audi’s Ger­man arch­en­e­mies are def­i­nitely watch­ing closely to see how this type of ve­hi­cle will be re­ceived by the pub­lic. Ex­pect the pro­duc­tion Q8 to hit Euro show­rooms some­time next year.

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