After much lead-up in recent years, Audi has finally taken the wraps off its new Q8 SUV. Denoted as the company’s flagship SUV product, the Q8 is the largest, most-luxurious Audi ute to date and it has the Range Rover Sport as a target.
When it comes to the stylish, coupe-like SUV trend Audi has been behind the eight-ball. The Q8 is the brand’s effort to catch up with the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.
The influence from other coupe-like SUVs is pretty obvious. The Q8’s roofline is sloped and the overall height gives the appearance of being lower and sportier than the Q5 and Q7. The converged roofline merges with an overall more aggressive design than that found on the lesser Audi SUVs to enhance the overall style factor.
An enhanced style is also found inside the Q8, where the overall design is influenced heavily by the new A8 sedan. A very horizontal dash panel design is paired with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, while an eight-inch screen rests below with climate controls. Another screen resides in the gauge cluster with the latest version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system.
Thus far Audi has been scarce with details on the new Q8, particular with regards to the U.S. market version. In Europe the Q8 will offer a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine in both gas and diesel form. Rest assured, the diesel will not come stateside, but the gas version most certainly will.
The 2019 Audi Q8 will launch in Europe in the next few months.