Promised and awaited for months, the Audi Q8 has finally been unveiled. Armed with our synthetic mind, here are the 5 key elements of this newcomer to the Q range.
Is it a girl or a boy?
Audi’s Q models and SUVs in general are easily evoked through a male prism. Moreover, Audi Deutschland presents “Der Audi Q8”, understandably in the masculine gender. Nevertheless, Audi France presents us with the “new Audi Q8”. The force of habit being tenacious, we will continue to consider SUVs as boys. So is Q8.
The new look of the Q range
Rather massive but also elegant, this Audi Q8 promises to combine versatility with luxury. It is already presented as the flagship model of the Q range. With a new octagonal, 6-bar vertical single-frame grille that should be inspired by the original Audi quattro… You can also notice the visual signature at the rear, which seems inspired by what the A7 Sport back offers. Its measurements are 4.86 metres long, 1.99 metres wide and 1.70 metres high. It is lower and shorter than a Q7 but wider.
Almost no more buttons!
With touch screens, the button hunt is in full swing in the passenger compartments of new vehicles. The Audi Q8 is no exception with its three displays! In addition to the Virtual Cockpit and multimedia screen, the control system (air conditioning, seats, etc.) is also tactile. Ergonomics benefits; the impression of being in a spaceship also as much as the dashboard is presented in a particularly refined design!
Only one motorization to start
Available from July, at a price for the moment unknown, the Audi Q8 will start its career with a single engine, the 3.0l TDI V6 (50 TDI) will be combined with a light hybrid to accompany the acceleration of the 286 horsepower and 8-speed automatic transmission, but also to allow freewheeling between 55 and 160 km/h. This 48V micro-hybridisation, often mentioned, should allow for lower consumption, in the order of 0.7l/100 km.
All you need to know about 48V light hybridization
Subsequently, the range will be expanded with a softer 45 TDI version with 231 hp and a 340 hp petrol version (V6 TFSI) which will be named 55 TFSI.
A real SUV to roll in the mud
With quattro all-wheel drive, 254 mm ground clearance and large wheels (795 mm diameter), the Q8 promises to be comfortable outside the highway and a paved city centre. It remains to be seen how much.