After the series launch of the Q2, the Ingolstädter now have four Q models in the portfolio. But that is not enough, and a study of the Q8 will be presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (January 8 to 22, 2017). First sketches have already been published.
Between coupe and SUV
The Q8 Concept is expected to be based on the Q7. It is intended to combine the lines of a coupé with a typical SUV range. "With the Audi Q8 Concept, we have created a new spearhead within our Q-series. Its design conveys a great deal of sportiness and prestige," explains Audi luminaire Marc Lichte. "It is important to us that the showcar, despite the flat roof line, offers a spacious interior with four equivalent seats." What does not mention light is the reduced value compared to the Q7, because in the Q7 fit five and optionally seven people, and also the luggage compartment volume should be larger there.
Grill: Even bigger and more conspicuous
The Q8 has to compensate for disadvantages with its sporty design. The front of the study is even more impressive than in the Q7. The single-frame grill has eight instead of six corners and is considerably wider than in the current series models. As with the Q7, the frame is three-dimensional, but it is more plastic. Six vertical double braces decorate the grill. The headlights are slit-like, the apron has huge air holes.
Memories of the Ur-quattro
As in several studies, Audi points to the Ur-quattro of the 1980s as a source of inspiration. According to Audi, the extremely flat and at the same time very wide C-pillar as well as the strong, shoulders above the wheels are among the reminder factors. The proportions accentuate the front and rear wheels equally - this is to be a reference to the all-wheel drive.
Five BMW SUVs, six at Mercedes
Compared to BMW and Mercedes, Audi is a bit tricky to set up its SUV series. BMW can show X1, X3, X4, X5 and X6, the X2 starts soon and to an X7 there are at least rumors. Mercedes already has six models on the market with GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé and GLS, the G-Class still does not count at all. Audi, on the other hand, only offers four standard models: Q2, Q3, Q5 and Q7.
Q8 series start already 2017?
About a Q4 is presumed, but there is no study yet. The Q6: The e-tron quattro concept shown at the IAA in the autumn of 2015 gives first indications. Now comes a Q8 in sight. Whether it will have an electric drive like the Q6, is still unclear, even if the lettering e-tron at the front of the study at least indicates an electrified drive. Even when the car comes on the market, Audi does not reveal. But since the study is described as close to production, it could go into production in 2017.