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Automakers have latched onto and sucked continuously on the fleshy meat that is consumer demand for SUVs, crossovers, and an imaginary segment known as the coupe-SUV. The latter of which is a filled by a small number of SUVs that have manufacturer proclaimed “coupe-like dimensions” while riding on jacked-up, SUV-like suspension. It’s a mishmash of vehicle types, really, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time. The point is, our insatiable love for SUVs have led automakers to believe that the market is going to continue growing almost indefinitely. So much so that Ford believes it’s going to account for more than 45 percent of the auto industry within the next five or seven years. But, Ford isn’t the only one, as we’ve just received word that the Audi Q8 and, surprisingly, the Audi Q4 are about to go into production.
The Audi Q8, which we’ve already seen in concept form more than once, with the Q8 E-tron Concept getting a ton of attention at the Detroit Auto Show and it’s sibling – the Q8 Sport Concept – garnering its fair share of attention from the Geneva International Motor Show. They were obviously big hits, and Audi is wasting no time on the production version – it’s slated to go into production sometime in 2018 (probably early-2018) in Slovakia. The model will be Audi’s range-topping SUV, dethroning the Q7 and increasing Audi’s personal chunk of the Luxury SUV segment. It will be produced alongside the Q7 s and Q7 e-tron.
Then you’ve got this mythical creature known as the Audi Q4. This model has been rumored for years but was finally confirmed back in 2011 when VAG’s design boss confirmed that it and the Q6 were coming. Well, after that the trail went cold for a while, but then we saw the 2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept and the rumors began to fly that this concept was going to be the basis for the Q4. It wasn’t until 2016 that Audi finally got the Q4 name from FCA. It was trademarked six months later, and now we finally hear that it’s set to go into production as a “compact utility vehicle” at BMW’s Hungary plant in 2019.
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For the time being, the top of the Audi crossover pyramid is occupied by the Q7, a full-size luxury SUV that originally debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2005. Now, it appears as though the Four Ring brand is looking to go plus one with the new Q8. Initially shown this past January at the Detroit Auto Show, the Q8 is just a concept for the moment, but Audi seems intent on fanning the flames of interest with a brand-new concept called the Q8 Sport Concept. This latest design study debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show, and adds a bit of zesty flavoring to the previous Q8 concept. It’s supposedly faster and more entertaining behind the wheel, bearing a high-tech hybrid twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 powerplant, as well as attractive new styling ideas for the exterior and interior space.
Those new aesthetics follow the path originally laid out by the Audi Prologue Concept that dropped cover at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2014, rocking lots of horizontal lines, thin features, and highly angular cuts. It looks pretty good, but the other half of the equation is in the powertrain, which previews a possible future innovation heading for the Audi production line. The aim of the game is power and fun when you want it, plus efficiency when you don’t, which is a tough nut to crack by any measure, but especially when you’re dealing with an enormous SUV.
That said, Audi is giving us a surprising amount of specificity when laying out the Q8 Sport Concept’s various specs and numbers, leading us to believe the marque will indeed release something very close to this chopped-up concept in the not-so-distant future.
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Audi Showed up to the Geneva Auto Show with another Audi Q8 Concept finished in Krypton Orange and featuring a few changes compared to the e-Tron concept that we saw at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in 2017. More important that the little changes in its design, there’s a new mild-hybrid drivetrain that produces 476 horsepower and can propel the Q8 up to 62 mph in less than five seconds and to a top speed that’ll get you close to God. And while doing so, it has a total range of 745 miles between fill-ups, but keep in mind that we don’t have official fuel economy figures yet, so we can’t say how efficient it really is with complete certainty.
The Chairman of Audi’s Board of Management, Rupert Stadler, said, “The drive system of the Audi Q8 Sport concept is a major step towards optimizing efficiency and sustainability in large-volume series production. The combination of mild hybrid technology and a TFSI engine sets a new benchmark for the synthesis of electromobility and combustion engines. In the future, this combination will be used in many Audi models.”
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When you go to an auto show as a member of the press, you’re there to take as many pictures as you can, but the job also comes with its perks. My favorite perk is that you’re allowed to enter and inspect vehicles that are normally blocked off or locked to the general public. Of course, automakers only keep the cars open for so long after their long-awaited debut, but it’s generally enough time to get whatever you need. Well, this year in Detroit, Audi was packed after its press event that debuted the new Audi S5 Cabriolet, the Audi SQ5 SUV, and the Audi Q8 Concept. Naturally, the Q8 concept got the most attention as it will serve as the basis for a new production model in the near future, so I didn’t get much of a chance to check it out in detail at first. Later in the day, however, I did, but I also got into trouble doing it.
See, once the press event is over, manufacturer representatives linger around to make sure you’re not doing anything you shouldn’t do. And, despite the fact that there was no velvet rope and the doors weren’t locked, Audi wasn’t exactly excited about letting me look inside the Q8 concept after the crowds dispersed. Generally, you’re allowed to walk up, open the doors, and get inside most models so, out of natural instinct, I tried the same with the Q8. It has the shaved door handles and touch panels linked to the automatic door poppers, so I was stoked to see how they worked, but my time was ultimately cut short. I started at the rear hatch to get a shot of the rear cargo area, but once the door was open, I had the chance to snap one picture before the rep came over, shut the hatch, and told me “no.”
“Fair Enough,” I thought, as I proceeded to the side of the Q8 and started to snap a few shots through the glass. I didn’t intend to do so, but I rubbed the little Audi logo on the front door with my arm, and the door opened. Being watched at that point, the rep came over and asked me to leave. Security then walked me out of Audi’s show floor and asked me not to return for the day. If I did, my credentials would be revoked, and I would be escorted out of the show. I returned the second day and got some more pictures, but I made it a point not to open the car again. My point here is that if they are that sensitive with members of the media, it’s probably best for you to avoid trying out those electric door poppers for yourself – you’ll probably find yourself escorted to the front door and unable to return.
And, for the record, I’m not bashing Audi at all – I get it. This is a concept car, there’s only one in existence, and they don’t want anything to happen to it. Believe me, just about everyone wanted to touch those electric door poppers. But, Audi was one of the few manufacturers that didn’t have their concept blocked off completely, so kudos to them. I couldn’t get within 20 feet of the Chrysler Portal or the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz, for example, so the fact that I was able to get that close to the Q8 was actually quite surprising. Either way, it’s probably best to follow the rules, don’t crawl under the ropes, and don’t expect to sit inside any of the concepts.
It has become quite the trend to associate menacing looking cars to Darth Vader, but I can’t blame enthusiasts for doing it so often given the massive success of the Star Wars franchise. It’s been going on for a long time too, having started in 1987, when Car and Driver covered the GNX model’s introduction with the headline “Lord Vader, your car is ready.”
We’ve also made a few automotive suggestions to the Dark Lord in our very own “What Would Darth Vader Drive?” article, but I must get back to the topic after seeing the new cars at the Detroit Auto Show. And it’s all because of the Audi Q8 Concept.
Is it just me or does the SUV’s front fascia look as if Darth Vader himself created it? Just look at that wide and massive grille and the six vertical slats. The angled headlamps add to the Vader-inspired appearance too and I’m sure that a black body finish and matte-black instead of chrome would turn it into Anakin Skywalker’s favorite grocery getter.
But here’s the issue. It’s not black. And this is what tells me that Audi didn’t hire Darth Vader as chief of its design department. Jokes aside, the Q8 Concept looks stunning in blue as well and I’m sure it would turn heads in just about any color. Here’s to hoping that Audi will transfer as many details as possible onto the production model!
Audi seems to think it can create a new niche in the full-sized vehicle segment by introducing a vehicle with SUV proportions inside, and almost coupe-like proportions outside. We first heard of the R8 name way back in 2012 when Audi filed a trademark for it, along with other names like R6, S2, S9, and RS1, among others. Since then, the name has been associated with Audi’s dreams of electric architecture and has even been said to be arriving in 2019 – even here in the United States. More recently, however, around July of 2016, we laid eyes on a weird coupe-ish SUV prototype that just had to be the Audi Q8. Well, our suspicions of that prototype have pretty much been confirmed now that Audi has released the teaser photos of the Audi R8 e-Tron Concept that you see here.
Set to debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Audi has said very little about the concept, but it is supposedly near-production ready. If that really is the case, it’s quite likely that we’ll see the prototype testing at least once more over the next year, and the production model will likely debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in preparation for its official release for the 2019 model year. The concept we see here is a preview of a model that will take on the likes of the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.
We still have some time before we get to see the real production model, but we’ll be seeing the Concept in the metal in just a couple of weeks. So, in the meantime, let’s take a look at these teaser photos and talk a little more about it.
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After five years of rumors that began when Audi trademarked the Q8 name in 2012, the German company finally unveiled its proposition against the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Actually, the crossover introduced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show is just a concept for now, but a production model is scheduled to follow soon.
When BMW introduced the X6 in 2009, a new segment was born. But although the crossover BMW describes as a Sports Activity Coupe proved somewhat popular with SUV enthusiasts, the trend didn’t catch on with other automakers until 2013. That’s when Mercedes-Benz revealed plans to develop a coupe-like crossover based on the M-Class. Shortly after, rumors of a Cayenne Coupe emerged, signaling that Germany’s finest automakers finally pay more attention to this niche. Audi is thus the fourth manufacturer is ready to jump on the coupe crossover wagon.
The news originally came from Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg, who confirmed “the Q8 will come” within the next three years sometime in 2015. “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 under wraps as of February 2017, a test car has already been spotted on public roads, a sign that the production Q8 isn’t far. Join me in my speculative review to find out what we already know about the sporty crossover.
Updated 04/07/2017: The upcoming Audi Q8 was caught testing around Nurburgring. The model is rumored to go on sale in 2018.
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We saw it coming, but Audi has confirmed that it’s developing two new SUVs that will sit at the top of its range: a yet to be named all-electric SUV with a sporty bent coming in 2018, and a Range Rover-rivaling luxury SUV called the Q8, slated to arrive in 2019. Both are part of a push to expand Audi’s portfolio from 52 to 60 vehicles by 2020.
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler recently described the all-electric SUV as “sexy” and “sporty.” From what we know, its primary rival will be the upcoming Tesla Model X SUV. A recent rendering from Audi shows a sleek SUV with a coupe-like profile, and R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg has previously said styling will be inspired by the 2014 Prologue Concept.With a 300-mile range, Audi expects China to be a big market, where plans to install electric car superchargers on over 16,000 kilometers of highway are currently being considered.
Despite what the Audi nomenclature suggests, the Q8 will actually be smaller than the next Q7. Both will use Audi’s MLB platform, but the Q8 will have a coupe-like profile. We also expect the Q8 to distance itself from the Q7 with a high-end interior more in line with the flagship A8 sedan, meaning plenty of tech and leather. Audi also says the Q7 will be one of the first Audis to feature “a preliminary stage of piloted driving,” which will incorporate adaptive cruise control and the traffic-jam assistant. Expect this technology to be taken a step further with the Q8. Engine options will include a V-6 and V-8 TFSI and a V-6 TDI diesel.
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Audi offers plenty of cool and exciting vehicles in Europe that never make their way to the U.S., but that isn’t going to be the case with the performance-driven Audi RS 3 sedan and the style-minded Audi Q8 SUV. In an interview with Automotive News, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh seems confident that both of these niche models will eventually go on sale in North America.
The first model to arrive on our shores will be the sedan version of the Audi RS 3 that was introduced late last year. In Europe, this 367-horsepower model is only available as the RS 3 Sportback hatchback, but looking to appeal to the sedan-loving U.S. buyers, we will be getting a traditional four-door offering. Keogh said that he is “very confident” that the RS 3 Sedan will be sold here where it will go up against performance cars like the BMW M3 and Cadillac ATS-V. The RS 3 Sedan will join the existing A3 stable that includes the A3 Sedan, A3 Cabriolet, the 292-horsepower S3 Sedan and the sole hatchback of the bunch, the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid.
As much as the RS 3 will be an exciting new small car, Audi’s growing model lineup will be bookended by the all-new 2018 Audi Q8 SUV. Derived from the next-gen Q7, the Q8 is expected to have more of a coupe-like profile similar to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe. Keogh seemed a little more optimistic about the Q8’s chances here as he said this model will “absolutely” make it to the U.S.
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When BMW introduced the X6 in 2009, a new segment was born. But although the crossover BMW describes as a Sports Activity Coupe proved somewhat popular with SUV enthusiasts, the trend didn’t catch on with other automaker until 2013, when Mercedes-Benz revealed plans to develop a coupe-like crossover based on the M-Class. Shortly after, rumors of a Cayenne Coupe emerged, signaling Germany’s finest automakers are finally paying more attention to this niche. Now, a fourth manufacturer is ready to jump on the coupe crossover wagon. Not surprising, this new player sports Audi’s four-ringed badge on its hood and goes by the name Q8, a moniker the folks over at Ingolstadt trademarked back in 2012.
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.
Note: Future Audi Q7 pictured
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