Audi Q8 Set To Feature Less Buttons, More Touch-Sensitive Displays

Since Audi brought the Q8 Concept to the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, we kept wondering if that mostly button-less center console was going to make it into production.

Thanks to this recent batch of spy images, we finally have some indication regarding what to expect once Audi switches from teasing us with prototypes such as this one, to revealing what should be one of the world’s most technologically advanced crossovers.

Let’s start with what we can see. First of all, since this is a prototype, that dashboard layout looks very…improvised.

Neither of the two displays seems to be properly integrated into its environment, which will obviously change once the car enters production. If you recall, the Q8 Concept also featured two main touchscreen displays, one embedded in the upper dashboard, and the other right underneath, in the center console. While that’s not exactly the layout we see here, it’s probably because the technicians decided to use this SQ7 dash in order to test out the displays.

Something else worth noting is the fact that the Q8 will feature a frameless window design, which is sure to set it apart from its rivals. In fact, so-called SUV Coupes such as the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe come with traditional door frames.

Underneath it all, the production-ready Audi Q8 will be utilizing the automaker’s updated MLB platform, powered by petrol, diesel as well as hybrid units. However, a possible RS Q8 flagship model could receive a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, putting down over 600 horses.

As for the hybrid powertrain, rumor has it, it’s going to be a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 working together with an electric motor for a combined output of 476 PS (469 HP) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque – the same setup as the one in the Q8 Concept.

Audi is expected to launch the production-ready Q8 sometime next year.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


  • ErnieB

    Who approved the tack on touch screens.. hideous!!

    • Six Thousand Times

      That’s for the engineers. Did you miss the big exposed screw heads?

      • ErnieB

        Oh.. I see.. still the other one looks out of place though..

  • D675PDX

    *Fewer buttons

  • TheHake

    Very interesting “prototype” dashboard. The touch screen for the controls sits over a dash with buttons and the nav screen is mounted on a bracket. Not often that we get to see something this pre-pre-production!

  • John

    not a fan of touch screen because of reliability and potential safety risk because i still believe touchscreen will distract drivers more than physical button that they push.

  • salamOOn

    more touchscreens / less buttons = you MUST always look at touchscreen = more dangerous drive

    i wouldnt buy this car ONLY because of that….. just like new panamera. i hate this “touchscreen for everything” trend…

  • Tinky-Winky

    …and more fingerprints!!! yay.

  • Bo Hanan

    Another dump it after the warranty runs out feature.

  • Rocket

    Et tu, Audi?

    Button, knobs and switches must be unbelievably expensive, because they certainly aren’t eliminating them to benefit us drivers. Sure, there will be a “wow factor” in the showrooms, but what happens when customers have to live with these silly touchscreen controls in the real world? And just when Audi seemed capable of doing no wrong.

  • Edsel4u

    Auto manufacturer’s drive to add more touchscreen selections is done solely to reduce manufacturing costs. Physical buttons and switches are safer and easier to use when your immediate and peripheral sight-lines are critical. Displays are meant to present information NOT to interact with. This is why aircraft “glass cockpits” are still filled with switches, buttons and levers.

    • Enter Ranting

      Totally agree. Touch screens in a car are the worst.