2017 Audi Q8 SUV Rumors, Release Date and Review

Audi has confirmed that the 2017 Audi Q8 flagship SUV will go into production stage and will be due in 2017. The upcoming SUV will be the largest with aggressive and massive design than the current Q7. The Q8 will use the same platform underpinning the Q7, the MLB platform, which resulting in some of Q7’s features to be applied in the Q8.

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The news comes straight from Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg, who confirmed “the Q8 will come” within the next three years at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show . “It will be something new, following designs established on the Prologue concept. It will be positioned as something more emotional and more sporty than the Q7 . The Q7 will be a car for seven people, the Q8 will be more coupe like,” he told Autocar.

Although the details are still being kept under wraps as of November 2014, we used some of the hints provided by both Hackenberg and Autocar to paint a (still blurry) picture of the Q8. Read all about it below.

Exterior

Although developed as a more emotional and sporty version of the Q7, the Q8 will carry different styling cues. The upcoming Q7 is said to be the last Audi to feature the company’s current design language, which means the Q8 will be inspired by the Prologue concept. We expect sharper cues, a larger front grille, thin headlamps, and a coupe-like roof.

New Audi design boss Marc Lichte will be in charge of drawing the Q8, which is said to have an overall length of more than five meters (197 inches). The sporty SUV will ride on Volkswagen’s second-generation MLB platform, also shared by the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne , Volkswagen Touareg , Bentley’s upcoming SUV , and the Lamborghini Urus.

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Interior

Although Q8’s design language is different to the Q7’s, Q8 is very likely to share the same tecnology inside its cabin. Also, the Q8 will likely to inherit what the A8 flagship sedan has inside its interior, including acres of leather and Alcantara and aluminum inserts.

Powertrain

It will go up against the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz MLC and Range Rover Sport and will be powered by several V6 and V8 gasoline and diesel engines, as well as plug-in hybrid and full electric derivatives, with the latter being developed as a Tesla Model X rival. There will also be an RS version powered by an uprated V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine.

Release Date and Price

Words said that the 2017 Audi Q8 SUV will be introduced sometime in 2017, though it’s not official yet. Autocar mentioned that the base model will cost around $78,300, while the RS version will double its price as much as $141,000. Stay tuned for future updates.

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