The 2019 Audi Q8 will be the largest and segment-leading crossover from the German carmaker. It will probably appear in RS and hybrid versions, according to first rumors. The company is still quiet on this. We can interpret this as the confirmation, rather than the nonsense rubbish. Whatsoever, Audi is finalizing the development, and this SUV will take a position above the Q7 crossover. Also, with a class-leading technology, it should attract many buyers.
The history of crossovers from Audi starts with Q5 SUV. This model made a way for all other models, including the new 2019 Audi Q8. Now, the fleet is more complete than ever. Nevertheless, German carmaker can enlarge it, or shred again. There are Q1 and Q9 in some rumors, but it is not likely yet to see these. Spy shots of the mini SUV are available, but that is just a shot in the blank. The company is definitely paying all the attention to one newcomer, and that is 2019 Q8.
2019 Audi Q8 Styling
The 2019 Audi Q8 will use the same MQB platform as its smaller sibling Q7. Nevertheless, unique parts and design solutions will make it special and different from its predecessor. Spy shots caught the vehicle on the road, and we could see what to expect from the new crossover. From what we could see, it is obvious that the vehicle is being tested near the plant in the homeland. License plates are German, so the SUV will probably be unveiled in Europe. But, it doesn’t mean this is for good.
Rendering vs Spied Q8
We could see a rendering of the 2019 Audi Q8. A sketch is showing the rear LED bar between tail lights. We couldn’t see it on the street mule. However, that could be a rear part heavily covered with camouflage. The diffuser is definitely different. However, it has the shapes of the concept crossover. This is only the minor modification, which is normal to see between rendering and a production model.
2019 Audi Q8 RS
The 2019 Audi Q8 hasn’t debuted yet, and we have already info about its performance-tuned RS version. Not only that the biggest crossover is getting this trim, but most of the SUV class is waiting for their models. Whatsoever, the vehicle carrying this badge means power, luxury, and the high price. Visually changed to an aggressive vehicle, these cars are also there to top the range with its output. We will talk about RS’s performance later.
Luckily for all fans of the 4-ring brand, we could peak into the cabin of the 2019 Audi Q8. Definitely, the highlight of the dashboard is a huge touch-screen display, right at the center of the control panel. We could also see the leather-wrapped multi-functional steering wheel. A lot of buttons are clearly commands for various features. And when we talk about Audi, nothing less than the high-end equipment is expected. The MMI Virtual Cockpit is definitely among the best in the industry. With one year to go before the launch of the 2019 Audi Q8, this system could only have improvements.
Although its interior space is gigantic, the Audi Q8 will have only two rows of seats. However, that means a lot of room for passengers and cargo. This will be some kind of limo among crossovers. The German carmaker won’t spare material for seats, so a lot of leather will cover them. Furthermore, rear bench entertainment features could make this luxury SUV even more luxurious. Nevertheless, we still don’t have exact info about these features. Also, cargo area will get a boost compared to Q7 model. All in all, it will be enough for transporting enough luggage for a long trip and a week absence from home.
2019 Audi Q8 Specs
The main question remains – what will be under the hood of the 2019 Audi Q8? While the spy shots unveil exterior and part of the interior, the engine stays under the hood. But, some reviews are saying that a 3.0-liter V-6 unit could be the first option for engineers. There are also some other options, but less likely than this one. One of them is a 4.0-liter unit. This is probably the powertrain of the 2019 Audi Q8 RS model. This beast will be able to burst nearly 600 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. It can’t do it alone, so it is certain that Audi will have to use turbo- or superchargers to boost the performance of the RS model. Also, first rumors about SQ8 are there, so this is another version in plans for future.
2019 Audi Q8 Hybrid
A 3.0-liter unit is for sure the main candidate to be a main part of the hybrid Q8. This plug-in will combine petrol engine and electric batteries. Early estimations are that 2019 Audi Q8 Hybrid will be able to produce 450 hp. Also, the Q8 e-tron can run to 60 mph in just 5 seconds. This will position it between standard and SQ8 model, while the RS version remains untouchable for other trims.
The 2019 Audi Q8 goes autonomous?
Still rumors, but Audi is working on the autonomous drive. The e-tron model will come in 2019, so why 2019 Audi Q8 wouldn’t get its auto-drive system? Well, this is just a guess and prediction without clues. But, since there is something in other class, autopilot for the biggest crossover in the family is not impossible.
2019 Audi Q8 Release Date and Price
At the conclusion of this review, we will share info about our findings on release dates and prices. Current data points that 2019 Audi Q8 is definitely coming. Spy shots can give us hint that could happen soon. But, the only relevant fact is missing – the official statement. As a 2019 season model, the Q8 SUV should debut this year. The German carmaker will definitely tease all fans with an appearance at one car show. Most info will still wait for an official debut by the end of 2018.
One of the details that will be kept until the last moment is the price. However, knowing that Q7 sibling is still under $50,000 for the base unit, the Q8 could be the first model in SUV range that won’t be cheaper than $50k. With all the luxury in RS model, don’t even think to see this one under $100,000 mark.