Audi A8 Tests Its Cold Weather Capabilities in Sweden

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The next-generation Audi A8 is expected to launch later this year, and the big luxury sedan has been spied cold weather testing.

Sporting plenty of camouflage, the new Audi A8 is looking more like the Prologue Concept that debuted in 2014, which is a good thing. Overall, the size looks to be similar to the current A8 model, but it now sports a single frame grille up front, giving the luxury sedan a wider and muscular appearance even with all its camouflage.

The next-gen A8 will ride on the company’s MLB Evo platform that debuted in the Audi Q7. Along with significant weight savings, the new platform also allows Audi to equip the model with a wide selection of alternative powertrains.

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For its launch, expect the engine lineup to resemble the current A8, which includes a range of gasoline and diesel engines. But to take advantage of the MLB Evo platform, the German automaker will eventually add a plug-in hybrid version to the lineup.

Although it’s not confirmed, rumor has it that the 2018 Audi A8 could debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Expect to hear more about the flagship sedan in the coming months as Audi continues putting it through its paces.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Craig Cole Craig Cole on Jan 04, 2017

    I love me some Audis! This looks like a promising redesign to the A8. I like the overall shape of that grille...