Audi has pulled the wraps off its ultra- luxurious flagship Audi Q8 SUV
Move over Audi Q7, the new Audi Q8 is the king of Audi SUVs. The huge, coupe-esque SUV is crammed with the finest of Audi luxury, technology and design.
The Q8 is wider, lower and shorter than the Q7, and it ride on a three-metre wheelbase. And it’s not just big, the Audi Q8 is clever.
LED are headlights are standard, with laser matrix headlights are available as an option. At the back, there’s a light strip that connects the taillights a la Audi A8, and you can even switch on the lights via the myAudi App.
Audi hasn’t confirmed the drivetrains for Australian-bound Q8 models, but all drivelines will be a mild hybrid set up. That is, all engines will be mated to a 48-volt primary electrical system incorporates two important technology modules: a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter. Driveline has an advanced regenerative braking system and the system can coast in pure electric mode for considerable distances.
Handling is expected to be relatively tidy for such a big SUV, with a 40:60 weight distribution, and steering that sharpens as vehicle speed increases.
Inside, everything is all very minimalist and ergonomic and that MMI infotainment system is accessed via a cluster of buttons and knobs, with their workings shown on a 10.1inch display. Climate control info is shown on an 8.6 inch display below.
The Q8 is also equipped with a voice recognition system that allows for natural speech, making voice prompting fluid and effortless – in theory.
The driver is faced with a comprehensive 12.3 Audi Virtual Cockpit that serves as the instrument cluster.
Additional noteworthy tech will include WiFi, data transfer, the ability to read street signs and foresee incidents and you can even start and reverse the car out of a parking space with a compatible smart phone.
A huge 23 speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system will be available, so you can listen to your favourite tunes in utmost clarity.
Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, curb warning, 360 degree cameras and cross assist support the driver and help to keep occupants and pedestrians safe. The car can even detect if the driver has passed out, where it’ll safely park itself and call emergency services.
The Audi Q8 is expected to arrive in Australia in 2019. Pricing and local specifications will be confirmed closer to launch.