Information about the work of Audi AG specialists on the new model of the big SUV Q8 appeared on the network in 2013. True, it is worth noting that the development of a new coupe-like crossover was, to put it mildly, sluggishly, despite the presentation of sketches and even the presence of mock-up images of the novelty. Most likely, in Ingolstadt, with an irony look at the BMW X6, not believing in the commercial success of the model.
Interior and Exterior Design
The car is built on the Audi Q7 platform, hence the similarities in design and dimensions. All the forces of designers were aimed at creating a sporty appearance. This was achieved thanks to a powerful grille, located under it a large air intake and a sloping roof with powerful rear posts. In general, the external appearance is made in the concept of the brand, but with the addition of sport aggression and chrome inserts.
Chief designer – Mark Lichte gave an interview to Welt before the presentation of the car. According to him, the exterior of the novelty will turn out to be a real revolution for Audi. The model is completely lost mechanical buttons, replacing them with touch panels, although the two still remain – this is parktronic control and alarm. Moreover, the buyer will receive high quality equipment and a number of technological features. The salon is designed for 4 people, for each of them separate chairs are offered, providing high comfort. Mark Lichte also added that the coupe-like crossover luggage compartment will be larger than its competitors Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and BMW X6.
From its fellow Q7 model will receive not only a platform, but also a line of top engines. It includes a 3.0-liter diesel with a power output of 272 hp. and gasoline 3.0-liter capacity of 333 hp. each has excellent dynamics, as well as low fuel consumption. But the main highlight was a hybrid version of the car, because of which appeared a prefix in the name “e-tron”, but it will not be released until 2019. Why should it be produced? Simply the concern wants to compete with the Tesla Model X.
As it became known, the version with V-shaped, 6-cylinder, diesel engine with turbo-supercharging will produce 272 hp. at a flow rate of 5.7 l / 100 km, and a similar engine only on gasoline will be much more powerful, but fuel consumption is also greater. Thus, the gasoline consumption will be at the level of 7.7 l / 100 km, and the power will make up as much as 333 hp.
Release Date and Price
Audi E-throne Q8 concept is a harbinger of the serial version of the coupe crossover Audi Ku 8, the launch of which is scheduled for late 2018 – early 2019. Interestingly, even the preliminary cost of the German SUV-coupe is known – the price of the base model with a diesel 272-horsepower engine Audi Q8 3.0 TDI will be about 70,000 euros. The presentation took place in January 2017 at the Detroit Motor Show.
Although the crossover coupe presented at the Detroit Motor Show is a concept, it is likely to be put into production with minimal modifications, and it is a harbinger of the serial version. If you liked this concept, then you are more likely to want to buy a serial model.