Audi Reveals Q8 Plug-in SUV With Production Set for Next Year

Audi launched the Q8 plug-in hybrid SUV concept that will quickly go from design to production level.

Unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show, Audi is touting the new SUV model for being dynamic, highly efficient, and comfortable – and going to production in 2018. Audi is promoting the utility functionality, performance, and luxury vehicle experience, or “the spaciousness of an SUV with the emotional lines of a coupe.”

That “dynamic” and “efficient” power will come from a 3.0-liter turbocharged fuel stratified injection (TFSI) combustion engine capable of delivering 500 Nm (368.8 pounds-feet) of torque. It partners with an electric motor that generates 100 kilowatts of power and 330 Nm (243.4 pounds-feet) of torque. Combined, it has 330 kW of system output and 700 Nm (516.3 pounds-feet) of torque. It will go from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 155.3 mph.

In terms of emissions and mileage following European NEDC standards, it consumes 2.3 liters of fuel per 100 km/62.1 miles for the equivalent of 102.3 in U.S. mpg. That equates to 53 grams of CO2 per kilometer, or 85.3 grams per mile of output.

The Q8 has an all-electric range of 60 kilometers (37.3 mi), and the total range with the TFSI engine up to 1,000 kilometers (621.4 mi). A full charge of the battery pack with 7.2 kW output takes about two and a half hours.

It’s only coming out as a plug-in hybrid model at this point, and will join the Audi Q5/SQ5 for future SUVs scheduled to come out in 2018. It will be the second plug-in electrified Audi to enter the U.S. market, following the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid station wagon.

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Audi reports that the concept SUV is also being designed with an innovative control and display panel. Touch displays are augmented by a virtual cockpit look and a contact analogue head-up display. The German automaker says that it comes from a new “digital design” using “intelligent augmented reality technology that merges the real and the virtual worlds.”

“The Q8 concept is an Audi in peak form. It demonstrates the strengths of our brand in both technology and design while providing a glimpse at a future full-size, production SUV,” said Dietmar Voggenreiter, member of the board of management for sales and marketing at Audi AG. “With its next-generation display and control solutions, we are enabling customers to experience connectivity in a whole new way.”

Production models will come with a “predictive efficiency assistant,” which supports the driver, and provides detailed information about the near surroundings for this purpose. Route data from the navigation system and Audi connect Car-to-X services are added to the trip data for efficiency.

On the utility side, the SUV was designed with a 9.8-foot wheelbase to provide plenty of room for passengers and luggage. While it has a sloping, coupe-like roofline, rear-seat passengers have been given plenty of head and shoulder room.


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