Audi Detroit concept previews Q8 e-tron flagship

Audi has launched its Q8 coupe-SUV at the Detroit Motor Show, with the concept on display forming the basis of a full-production model due next year. The new Q8 will feature Audi's e-tron plug-in hybrid powertrain, which has been stepped up a gear from the current set-up too.

Coming in as a new flagship SUV for the German brand, the Q8 will use a 3.0 litre TFSI petrol engine - rather than the 3.0 TDI diesel unit found in the Q7 e-tron. This, combined with a 100 kW electric motor will give the Q8 a combined power rating of 443 hp and torque at 516 lb ft.

Audi Q8 rear

These statistics will get the Q8 from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds, before a top speed of 155mph. Despite this, according to current drive cycle tests, the Q8 will return 122.8 MPG and emit 85 g/km CO2.

Economy figures are helped primarily by the car's electric powertrain, which includes a 17.9 kWh battery, with an electric-only range of 37 miles.

Audi Q8 interior

The Q8 will feature seating for four adults and all their luggage, with a focus on space and comfort for occupants. The driver will get an interior shared with the forthcoming A8 flagship saloon, which includes an cleanly designed centre console and dashboard, primarily controlled with touchscreens. The latest version of Audi's versatile and customisable Digital Cockpit will feature too with an augmented reality heads-up display.

The Q8 is definitely described as a concept model at its Detroit launch, though few would be surprised if the production model wasn't very close to the model on show - especially as Audi describes the Q8 as 'near-production ready'. The stylish design inside and out is expected to be extremely similar to the concept, though an increase to a bench rear seat is more likely to compete against the likes of the Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne. The e-tron powertrain is also expected to be carried through to production.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:9th Jan 2017

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