In a bit of an unusual move, Audi’s lead designer Marc Lichte released sketches of the next Audi A6, A7 and A8. The move came during an interview with French publication L’argus who was speaking with Lichte about the A8 premium sedan and the design differences versus A7 and A6.
The sketch (shown above) clearly shows three evolutionary design approaches from today’s versions. Though the point of the sketch in the first place is to highlight the detailed differences between the three designs. The most obvious difference is that the A8 grille is noticeably larger than the other two, while the A7 grille shape and headlight layout is generally sportier than the other two. Audi also appears to be throwing more chrome trim on the A8, which is no surprise given it’s the brand’s flagship sedan.
Lichte says he wants to create greater differentiation between the various Audi sedan designs, while keeping to the Audi design theme. All three designs are borrowing design cues from the Prologue Concept Audi revealed in 2015.
The all-new A8 will be the first of the three Audi sedans to be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with an on-sale date of later this year. The A7 and A6 will likely follow sometime in 2018.