2018 Audi Q8 SUV revealed: first look at new luxury offroad coupe

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Audi has taken the wraps off its newest SUV, the Audi Q8 – a rakishly styled counterpart to the Q7. Primarily intended to appeal to Chinese and American buyers, the car will also make its way to the UK, where it’ll square up against cars like the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLECoupe.

The Q8 shares its mechanical underpinnings with the Q7, but is shorter and wider, with a lower roofline and a sporty design that helps set it apart from its rivals. The car’s body will feature plastic cladding on lower-spec versions, with the more expensive S line getting body-coloured wheelarches and matte grey trim. Alloy-wheel options range from 19 to 22 inches.

Inside, the Audi Q8 takes cues from the A8 saloon. Two central infotainment screens are centrally mounted and control the bulk of the car’s systems. Audi’s digital Virtual Cockpit also features – replacing traditional dials behind the steering wheel – while two seating layouts (four or five seats) and three types of leather trim will be available. The car’s seats can slide to give more boot or leg space, with boot capacity measuring 605 litres, or 1,755 litres with the seats folded down.

All Q8s will be offered with quattro four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, powered by a range of electrified petrol and diesel engines. Just one will be offered from launch: a 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 282bhp and a 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds, badged as the Q8 50 TDI. A less powerful 45 TDI with 228bhp will arrive in early 2019, while a V6 petrol 55 TFSI will follow, with 335bhp. All models are mild hybrids, with extended stop-start and coasting functionality to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.

By: John Mcllory, Car Buyer

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