Audi has unveiled the Q8 concept at the Detroit Auto Show. The design study serves as a prelude to a production model that will be introduced in 2018.
Measuring 5.02 metres long, 1.70 metres tall and 2.04 metres wide, the car gets a plug-in hybrid setup with 443 bhp of system output and 516.3 lb-ft of torque. The German carmaker claims the vehicle can deliver a 37-mile range on purely electric power, with a total range of up to 621 miles.
Externally, the distinguishing feature at the front of the concept is the “Singleframe” octagonal grille, which is significantly wider than in any current road-going Audi production model. The aluminium housing for the flat, wedge-shaped headlights further extends the shape of the grille.
Along the sides, the doors, which are opened via touch sensors, are minus any window frames, contributing to the flat roofline as a result. The designers say the C-pillar is reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro from the 1980s, as are the flared wheel arches.
At the back, the strip of lights extending over the entire width of the rear end is part of an “e-tron” light signature; it serves as both the tail and brake light as well as the indicators. The four outer lighting elements are set in aluminium blades and reflect the look of the headlights.
On the inside, the dashboard incorporates large touchscreens and a contact-analogue head-up display, with the latter using augmented reality technology.
Underneath, the Q8 concept uses production technologies for the drive system and suspension. The engine is a 3.0 TFSI producing 328 bhp and a maximum torque of 368.8 lb-ft, while the electric motor generates 100 kW of power and 243.4 lb-ft. Together with a decoupler, it is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic.
Audi says the car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. The SUV is claimed to return up to 122 mpg in the NEDC, corresponding to 53 grams CO2 per km.