We just spotted a vehicle that looks like Audi Q7 SUV. It look like, but it’s actually a long time rumored Q8. Yes, the high-end full-size coupe-like SUV is hidden under the shell of the Q7, yet we saw some differences right away. As you may notice, the testing mule of the 2018 Audi Q8 sports wider fenders from the Q7, and we know because of the widened track. Still, the rest of the proportions seem to be unchanged. At least, the length and wheelbase are about the same, so no, the 2018 Q8 won’t bigger, just more luxurious from the Q7 sibling.
2018 Audi Q8: Styling and Speculations
These spy photos doesn’t show anything from the possible design of the upcoming Q8 SUV. However, the latest rumors claim that the range-topping vehicle could actually look a lot like the new Audi A7. Yes, yes, we are aware that these two are not in the same category and that we are talking about SUV and sedan, but just imagine the A7 on steroids, and this is how it will look the 2018 Audi Q8. We are not some big fans of these coupe-like stylized crossovers, but this one might be pretty interesting. It’s not because of the overall bodywork, but due the stylish front end which is speculated to borrow most of the cues from the handsome A8. Speaking of the A8, this full-size sedan will also lend plenty of technology to the upcoming vehicle, so there must be lots of hi-tech goodies inside.
Audi’s powertrain department won’t be too busy with the 2018 Q8. This is because the car is getting the same underpinning and engine options as the Q7. The coupe-SUV will use the Volkswagen Group’s MLB 2 platform, as well as the newest V6 and V8 units. Some markets will also see a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This mill isn’t bad at all. It delivers 252 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough for this kind vehicle. However, the most interesting option will be the 2018 Audi Q8 e-tron. This model will use a 3.0-liter TDI and an electric motor, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. All together, the drivetrain will pump out around 373 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque, and the electric range of 35 miles.
Estimated Price and Arrival
The latest reports indicate that the 2018 Audi Q8 won’t be ready before the end of 2017, so you can expect its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The estimated price is around $70,000, but the RS Q8 could easily reach $120,000.