2019 Audi Q8 Revealed by Production-Ready PrototypeJanuary 8, 2018
Audi is putting the finishing touches to its Q8 SUV before it goes on sale this May as a rival to the BMW X6, as shown by new pictures of an almost completely undisguised pre-production prototype.
The look of Audi’s future flagship SUV has stayed true to that of the Q8 concept, with an SUV-coupé roofline, LED headlights and tail-lights and a broad, eight-corner, single-frame grille all remaining in largely unchanged forms.
Much of the Q8’s mechanical package will be shared with the smaller Q7. The difference in size between the two models is best illustrated in pictures (see gallery) of the cars testing alongside one another. The Q8 appears near identical in width and length, but its more swept-back roofline makes it slightly lower.
The Q8 is one of seven new SUV models currently under development at Audi and scheduled for launch before the end of the decade. It joins the Q2 and renewed Q3 and Q5, plus a new Q1 and Q4, as well as the electric E-tron, which has been spotted testing recently ahead of its summer 2018 launch.
In the firepower department, the list of Q7 engines will receive a few additions. As such, we’ll receive 3.0-liter V6 diesel and gas mills, as well as a 4.0-liter V8 TDI that will received the SQ8 badge. The rumor mill also talks about an RS version sharing the Urus’ twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, but it’s unclear if the Audi will receive the full 650 hp of the Italian.