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Audi Q8
2018 Audi Q8.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerAudi
Production2018–present
AssemblyBratislava, Slovakia
DesignerMarc Lichte
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, four-wheel-drive[1]
PlatformVW MLB
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission8-speed Tiptronic automatic[1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,995 mm (117.9 in)
Length4,986 mm (196.3 in)[2]
Width1,995 mm (78.5 in)
Height1,705 mm (67.1 in)
Curb weight2,145 kg (4,729 lb)

Audi Q8 is a full-size luxury crossover SUV coupé made by Audi that was launched in 2018.[3] It is the flagship of the Audi SUV line, and is being produced at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant.[4]

Background[edit]

BMW launched its crossover coupe in 2008, the BMW X6. Audi never made a direct competitor, but had been planning to once the new bodystyle became a sales success at other brands.[citation needed]

SUVs, particularly in the luxury segment, are increasingly popular, and the Q8 is expected to sell in higher numbers than the A8.[5]

Unveiling[edit]

The Audi Q8 was presented to the public in concept form on 9 January 2017, at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan.[6]

In May 2018 Audi started a cinematic styled miniseries that teases the Audi Q8 in five short episodes. The car will make its first full appearance in the fifth episode, presented on a special microsite and shown to the public at the Audi China Brand Summit in Shenzhen.[7]

Design[edit]

The Audi Q8 will be the first SUV model designed by Audi's new head of design, Marc Lichte, and will introduce a new design language for the brand. The grill is larger, with both vertical and horizontal slats, and the character lines of the Q8 are inspired by the Audi Quattro rally car from the 1980s. The Audi Q8 features full-laser headlamps and taillamps, the first-ever in a crossover or SUV. The interior features the knob-less MMI system, three touch screens and an enlarged virtual cockpit.[further explanation needed]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2019 Audi Q8 Features and Specs". Audi USA. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Exterior dimensions of Q8".
  3. ^ "Audi Group Interim Financial Report", January 1 to June 30, 2017 [1]
  4. ^ Kable, Greg (13 February 2017). "2018 Audi Q8 - new pics of flagship SUV". Autocar. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  5. ^ Sheehan, Sam. "Striking Audi Q8 concept previews 2018 flagship model". Autocar. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Audi Q8 Concept". Audi AG. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Q8 Unleashed". Audi AG. Retrieved 25 May 2018.

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