Audi is taking its full-sized sport utility vehicle to a sportier level with the introduction of the all-new Q8.
Making its world debut at the Audi Brand Summit in China, the new 5-passenger SUV builds on the function and elegance of the Q7 (which is narrower and higher than the 8) with a coupe-like roofline, also adding advanced connectivity, infotainment and driver assistance technologies.
The all-new Q8 also introduces Audi’s new SUV design language outside and in, starting front and centre with a singleframe octagonal grille offset by large air intakes. At the rear, a light strip extends over the liftgate to connect the taillights. A black trimpiece below the light strip harkens back to the original Audi Quattro.
Inside, the cabin centres on an all-new MMI touchscreen that seamlessly dissolves into surrounding piano-black trimpieces when the display is switched off. The same happens with the climate control in the centre console. At night, an optional contour light traces the interior design elements that all sit flush to their surroundings, including the vents that sit high on the instrument panel.
The new MultiMedia Interface offers touch and audible feedback similar to that found on most smartphones to let users know they’ve made something function. Logical and fast, the systems is also highly configurable to let drivers personalize it for their own needs and wants.
Voice controls are highly intuitive, allowing users to say what they want rather than have to explain in intricate sentences what they are searching for. A premium Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System provides cabin ambience, and there is a wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones.
And because performance is one of Audi’s main aspirations, the Q8 features the Quattro all-wheel drive system, starting out at a front to rear ratio of 40:60 and then able to switch that around to the front as needed through a mechanical centre differential. It comes standard with an adaptive damping suspension, which pairs with an available adaptive air suspension to offer various driver-select modes capable of tackling any surface challenge.
All-new Audi Q8 is expected in North America in the fourth quarter of 2018.