Audi SQ8 Tipped To Get Both Gasoline And Diesel Engines

Audi finally has a premium mid-size SUV Coupe, the Q8, to rival the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and it’s also planning some high-performance derivatives of it.

One of them is the SQ8, which is expected to launch in December. Autocar reports that the Ingolstadt-based car firm will release it with two powertrains, a gasoline and a diesel engine, depending on the market where it is sold.

After the Dieselgate scandal, don’t expect to see the oil burner in the United States, where customers prefer to have gasoline units in their performance rides anyway. It should use a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine, likely with an electric compressor and a classic turbocharger.

Also Read: Audi Q8 Vs. BMW X6 Vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: What’s Your Pick?

As for the diesel, this should be launched in Europe, probably with a 4.0-liter TDI V8 engine, making 435PS (429hp / 230kW) and 900Nm (664lb-ft) of torque. This recipe is already being used in the Audi SQ7, which needs 4.8sec for the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint, and maxes out at 250km/h (155mph).

Our spy photographers recently caught an undisguised prototype of the upcoming Audi SQ8. The vehicle comes with more aggressively styled bumpers, quad exhaust pipes and a lowered suspension, alongside larger wheels.

Inside, the range-topping member, until the RS Q8 arrives, will benefit from sports seats, flat-bottom steering wheel and various trim updates.

Now that Audi has tapped into a new niche, they could expand their lineup furthermore, to the point where they might rival the Range Rover, with a possible Q9. The British magazine believes that such a ride “is under consideration”.

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  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    Audi 4 door hatchback. How… pedestrian.

  • Jason Panamera

    Dunno if that grey grille frame matches whole car. For front is ok for me, but if you look from every angle theres is something not working here. And these grille lines looks like taken straight from barbeque. Anyway I like how Audi is improving their cars.

  • Headache in a suitcase

    Sorry but this thing is NOT attractive…at all!

    • Eunos

      Really? That’s the best looking Audi so far.

      • Headache in a suitcase

        A5/S5/RS5, A3/S3/RS3 are the best looking. This is just bland with capital BLAND.

  • ZYGIUS

    Looks like badly pimped Q3

  • sidewaysspin

    It has grey lips.

  • Mike anonymous

    I get the feeling that this vehicle is a lot bigger and a lot taller than these photographs make it look. It could be the (double extra large) mirrors, or the length of the vehicle itself.

    • Miknik

      I have seen one press car in flesh so far, and it is a lot larger, wider and taller than it looks (pics give more of a Q5 vibe, but it is massive, even “meatier” looking than a Q7)

  • Dude

    I like the shape and the stance

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