The upcoming Audi Q8 SUV has been snapped in the midst of testing ahead of an expected debut in late 2017.
Development of the model is still in its early stages as evidenced by this Q7-based test mule. Nevertheless, the pictures do provide us with a taste of the Q8’s increased size, most notably with the flared wheel arches indicating a wider track.
While this test mule is wearing a largely unchanged Q7 body, the completed car will be easily distinguishable from its sibling. The Q8 will take on more of a ‘coupe‘ bodystyle and somewhat resemble an A7 Sportback-inspired SUV while drawing on design inspiration from the next-generation A8, also in the midst of testing.
As expected, the Q8 will share many of its mechanical components with the Q7, including a number of engines. It will however, introduce some new powertrains into the Audi family, most notably new V6 and V8s developed in conjunction with Porsche as well as a plug-in petrol-electric setup. This powerplant should offer an all-electric range of about 35 miles (56 km). The latest MLB platform from the Q7 will also be used as will a host of aluminum and carbon fiber elements to help keep its weight as low as possible.
Among the plethora of variants offered will be the SQ8. It’ll draw its power from the same triple-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 of the SQ7 and could pose a threat to the BMW X6M and Mercedes GLE models.
Elsewhere, the new Q8 should draw on the new A8 for many of its advanced technical components. For example, it’ll receive a 48-volt electric system, advanced autonomous driving systems and OLED high-definition digital displays throughout.
Sales should commence in the second half of 2018.
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