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New Audi Q8: Ingolstadt reveals pictures of upcoming SUV

The Audi range seems to grow every time we look away, and the Q8 is set to be the latest addition to its expanding line-up. Designed to be a Q, so off-road, version of the A, the Q8 promises serious luxury coupled with decent performance. The car, which is based on the same MLB architecture as the new VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne should be coming later this year – and now Audi is ramping up the marketing noise.

Earlier this month, Audi announced a new, cringe-inducing #Q8Unleashed campaign, and although it’s a bit odd, it does at least give us a better glimpse of the production car. The Q8 has been unveiled several times already (albeit in concept form) so what we can see isn’t that surprising. Either way, it’s cranking up the anticipation before the SUV’s release later this year.

Here’s everything else we know about the Audi Q8 SUV.

Audi Q8: what and why?

It’s a high-end SUV crossover to crown the brand’s burgeoning range of planned, sportier 4x4s and tackle the likes of the new Range Rover.

The existing range of Audi Q models use odd numbers, denoting ‘regular’ SUV shapes: Q3, Q5 and Q7 are boxy, upright 4x4s. Now it’s preparing a range of even-numbered additions, from Q2, Q4, Q6 and – here – the Q8. They’re coupe-inspired, lower, sportier. Yep, the Evoque has a lot to answer for.

A concept version of the car has appeared at Geneva, Detroit and Frankfurt. The show car had a hybrid powertrain, powered by lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 17.9kWh for an EV range of 37 miles. Recharging at a 7.2kW plug would take two and a half hours:

  • Engine 3.0 V6 TFSI plug-in hybrid
  • Power 333bhp (petrol), 100kW (electric motor)
  • Torque 368lb ft (petrol), 243lb ft (electric motor)
  • Total outputs 442bhp, 516lb ft (combined)
  • 0-62mph 5.4sec
  • Top speed 249kph
  • CO2 emissions 53g/km

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