Audi’s SUV lineup will become stronger for one more model in the coming months. We can’t guarantee you that the 2019 Audi Q8 will hit be introduced at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, yet we are pretty sure that it’s not going to skip the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It’s quite simple. The newest shots reveal the SUV completely, so why would the carmaker further delay the official arrival.
The production-ready model largely resembles the earlier concept, of course, though there are a few new cues, which will make the upcoming Q8 even more interesting. The rear hatch appears to be borrowed from the Lamborghini Urus. On the other side, the crossover keeps most of the details of the concept, yet most of them are tweaked a bit. The grille is pretty much the same, though the headlights are less aggressive, while the large air intakes seem to be fake. Speaking of which, the exhaust tips are also “out of use”. At least we think so.
Still, this doesn’t bother us because we know what’s cooking beneath the hood. For North America, the 2019 Audi Q8 will start with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6. The outstanding engine will likely deliver 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Not impressed? Well, you may try the Q8 E-Tron. This plug-in hybrid is actually using the same V6, though mated to an electric motor. The combined power should be exactly 442 hp and 516 lb-ft. Audi will not offer any kind of oil-burner option in the U.S. No, the diesel models are reserved for rest of the world. The U.S. public will, on the other hand, be able to get an SQ8, which is going to be mated to a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. This model isn’t going to use fake air intakes, simply because it needs all available air flow to cool off the mighty mill. It’s the same story for the exhaust tips. All options will be paired with all-wheel-drive and eight-speed automatic transmission.
Do we need to mention what’s going to support the upcoming Q8? Well, it’s the identical MLB platform designed for front-wheel-drive vehicles, which currently underpins the Q7. Still, these two are not going to be the same. In case you haven’t noticed, the 2019 Audi Q8 sports a wider track and it sits lower to the ground. Plus, the coupe-like design will definitely have a negative influence on SUV’s cab capacity. But who cares for space? The cab will largely resemble the newest A8. The sedan is packed with tech and luxury, including Audi’s latest autonomous driving features and two-screen design, and all of this will be available inside of the Q8.
The luxurious SUV will attack some mighty rivals such as the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport, so it’s going to feature pretty much the same price as the aforementioned models. The crossover isn’t going to be built in North America, of course. The carmaker will use the available production facilities in Bratislava, Slovakia.