First Proper Look Inside Audi Q8 Reveals A8’s High-Tech Influence

This is our first proper look inside the upcoming Audi Q8, fully revealing its dashboard design, which unsurprisingly is heavily influenced by the latest A8 flagship sedan.

As we can see, the dashboard features an almost full-length air-vent setup, just like in the Q7, but then it goes on with a pair of digital touchscreen displays as seen in the Audi A8.

The second display is mounted on the center console and is surrounded by an aluminum trim while the dashboard fascia is using a gloss black trim with aluminum surrounds.

The Q7’s sportier brother will be positioned as the flagship SUV in Audi’s range, sharing most of its sibling’s powertrains, although Audi has been working on a new 48-volt plug-in hybrid setup for the range-topping SQ8 version. Previewed in the Q8 Sport Concept, the new Audi SQ8 will be powered by a combination of the 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine and an electric motor for a total output of around 469hp (476PS) and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of torque.

Expect to see the Level 3 autonomous system that debuted with the A8 featured in the new Q8 as well, along with all the latest safety features Audi has to offer. All variations will ride on air suspension, while a mad RS Q8 version is also reportedly on its way.

Audi is planning to launch the new Q8 next year, positioning it against models like the Mercedes GLE Coupe and the BMW X6.

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  • typ356

    This dash makes the Q7 look old as out of date. When will Audi offer this dash design in the Q7?

    • botornot387

      I am sure every Audi will move to this layout in a refresh.

  • Craig

    So sterile and cold.

  • gor134

    I like it. Much better than the tablets they use.

  • baofe

    It’s like Audi doesn’t know scratches and fingerprints exists. Looks premium but I bet long term use will make that dash look horrible.

    • salamOOn

      looks premium until the first touch….

    • Shtekeris

      Indeed, all that glossy surface will be so smudged in a very short time. Aaand dust also pops out on those surfaces. I have small touchscreen surrounded with glossy plastic in car and, dammit, it never is 100% clean. Ugh.

  • John Smith

    Still the class of the field when it comes to interior. Audi gets it.

  • fabri99

    Looks very good, perhaps a bit cold. I’m sure that with some nice leather in the mix it will look great.

  • Vanquish

    It looks both sterile and cheap, it reminds me of a driving simulator car that you sit all that black plastic and silver trim

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “A8’s High-Tech Influence”

    Oh, so you mean the Panamera High Tech Influence?

    • botornot387

      No Audi designed in house. Audi previewed the touch screen setups before Porsche even unveiled the Panamera in a series of concepts including the Prologue and at CES. It was inevitable that it was making production. Porsche just put it to production first.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Concepts don’t count….and are rarely production functional. The A8 got it after the Panamera and is almost the exact same setup….so Porsche produced it in mass first. The A8 and this Q8 Preprod were influenced by the Panamera.

        • botornot387

          Hate to break it to you, but the MMI touch was fully functional. You could use it at CES, where it was previewed before it even came into a Panamera. Porsche has tapped Audi on this because Audi’s MMI has been at the forefront of tech for years. Just like the instrument binnacle receiving a revised version of Virtual Cockpit to fit the Porsche driver and emphasize sportiness. Audi infotainment along with BMW iDrive have been the tops for the industry for years. If your Porsche and your sister brand does it that much better, obviously you are going to look there.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            “BMW iDrive have been the tops for the industry for years”

            LOL!! That’s a riot!

          • botornot387

            beyond it’s first generation, iDrive has been a pretty solid product to use over the last couple years. It’s infinitely better than Lexus Entune, anything from Infiniti, Command, or CUE. MMI and iDrive lead their segments for usability.

        • botornot387

          And saying that concepts don’t count is invalid. That is where all ideas start in this industry. As I said in my post, Porsche just put it to production first, which you went on to repeat.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            Concepts don’t count because they aren’t production.

          • botornot387

            well that’s a matter of opinion…

  • Marty

    Nice to see that they at least integrate the fugly tablet into the design instead of just smacking it on the outside.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I don’t see as many physical buttons or knobs 🙁 not a huge of fan touch screen controls.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Inside looks so clean.

  • botornot387

    have to say, i prefer the rotary knobs (MMI, iDrive) to touch screens. Personally, I don’t get the complaints from people saying touch screens are better. Once you know how to use the knob, you never look down. And there is something to said for a way a button feels compared to a touch screen. Hope these are done better than what’s currently on market for touch screen interfaces.

  • Nordschleife

    I do not like full length dash vents but these look so much better than those in the Q7/A4/A5.

  • Rocket

    I don’t care how cool these buttonless center stacks look, Audi will take a beating on initial quality surveys. And justifiably so. I don’t care if it’s voice command-capable or only one level deep in a touchscreen infotainment menu, nothing beats physical controls for basic functions.

    • Enter Ranting

      Amen. Car makers just don’t get it.

  • Enter Ranting

    Audi’s supremacy in interiors is officially over. They had a nice long run.

  • DM

    Not the best idea to have all black glossy surfaces on a car… but at least the tablet is gone so that´s a start.

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