U Spy: Production Audi Q8 Stays True To Edgy Concept

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Audi is hard at work expanding its family of SUVs and that will include an all-new model dubbed the Q8.

Previewed in concept form at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Audi Q8 will be a sporty and sleeker alternative to the Q7. Based on these spy shots captured by Carscoops reader Robert van Gool, the production model looks strikingly similar to the concept.

Looking from the front, we can clearly see pointed headlights almost identical to the concept. Elsewhere is an aggressive grille and edgy air intakes in the lower corners of the front bumper. The similarities between the production model and the concept continue at the side with similar wheel arches, roughly the same ground clearance and side windows that appear unmodified.

Under the sharp bodywork of the Q8 will sit Audi’s MLB platform utilizing a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber, just like the R8 supercar.

A fleet of engines will be offered to customers. These will include the tri-turbo 4.0-liter V8 diesel of the SQ7, a plug-in hybrid powertrain co-developed with Porsche and a powerful twin-turbo V8 petrol for the inevitable RS Q8.

Pencil the Audi Q8 down for a global premiere in 2018.

Many thanks to Robert for the scoop!