We’ve heard a lot about the new Audi Q8 over the last couple of months, but now we finally know when we’ll get to see it.
That’s because Audi announced at its annual press conference that it will reveal the Q8 in Shanghai in June.
That should tell you something about who Audi hopes will buy the new halo SUV. That said, it won’t be limited to China’s wealthier neighborhoods, because the brand wants affluent people all over the world to buy the utility coupe.
The Q8 is “the new face of the Q family” says Audi’s head of R&D, Peter Mertens.
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The new SUV is taking over the top spot in the Q lineup from the Q7. The 7 will be more capacious, but less performance/design focused. In a sense, as the A7 is to the A8, the Q8 will be to the Q7, which is very confusing but that’s what you get when your portfolio evolves.
Unfortunately, details on drivetrains are scant at this point, but Audi has made a big deal about how like the original Quattro this SUV is, so performance will be high on the priority list, with an eventual RS model expected.
Based on the same platform as the Q7 (and the Cayenne and the Urus and the Touareg), we do at least know that Audi is basing its new halo SUV on solid underpinnings.
A version of this story originally appeared on Fourtitude
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