DETROIT -- Audi unveiled a sportback Q8 concept at the Detroit auto show Monday. Executives say it's a near production-ready version of a new full-size luxury crossover the brand will launch in 2018.
“The Q8 concept is an Audi in peak form,” said Dietmar Voggenreiter, head of Audi sales and marketing. “Our customers demand more vehicles like this -- SUVs that offer technology and luxury.”
Outfitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a 3.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection V-6 engine and a 100-kW electric motor, the plug-in hybrid Q8 concept delivers the equivalent of 443 hp and 516 pounds-feet (500 Nm) of torque, Audi said. The Q8 concept is outfitted with a 17.9-kWh lithium ion battery pack, Audi said.
The Q8 concept’s exterior design -- which Voggenreiter described as part coupe and part SUV -- harks back to the earliest Audi quattros, especially with its flat roofline and wide C-pillar. Audi said the lack of window frames around the Q8 doors contribute to its flat-looking roofline. Signature LED lighting, including flat, wedge-shaped integrated headlights, accentuate the design.