Audi has given the Q8 model the approval, slating a high-end crossover for the German automaker’s lineup.
Based on the long-wheelbase edition of the automaker’s next MLB architecture, the Q8 will essentially ride on the same platform that’s being developed for the next-generation Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg.
Audi is hoping to give its Q8 a coupe-like crossover design that has already been well received in customer clinic surveys. So much so that the German automaker plans on producing 25,000 units annually. It will essentially be a crossover variant of its A8 sedan model.
Sporting plenty of aluminum, the Q8 will come in lightweight and will be powered by a range of V6 and V8 powerplants, both conventional gasoline and diesel. A plug-in hybrid variant will essentially be a necessity to the lineup while a performance-minded RS version will certainly please enthusiasts.
Unfortunately, since it’s still in the starting stages, it won’t hit dealerships until 2017 at the earliest.
[Source: CAR UK]