2019 Audi Q8
No engine data yet
Likely similar to Q7
48V hybrid system
Optional air suspension
Big displays all over the place
New MMI infotainment
Wide center console
Better rear headroom that the competition
In America, the Q8 will launch with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine tuned to make 335 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. The six-cylinder spins the four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission and, of course, Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. In this application, it sends 60-percent of the engine’s torque to the rear axle and the rest up front to deliver sporty, rear-biased handling. In addition, 48-volt hybrid technology will keep gas mileage in check, though Audi hasn’t announced fuel economy figures yet.
European buyers will be able to order their Q8s with a 231-hp or 286-hp 3.0-liter V-6 diesel, but the U.S.-specification Q8 will be powered by Audi’s 340-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 gasoline engine driving through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing information is not yet available, but expect the Q8 to cost a bit more than the Q7, which retails from $49,900. With the BMW X6 priced from $62,950, the Q8 is likely to cost at least $60,000 before options.
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There are also two new engines offered in the range, one petrol, one diesel, both V6. The D275 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel produces 200kW/625Nm and the P340 3.0-litre supercharged V6 is rated at 250kW/450Nm; the latter engine slots in underneath the range-topping 280kW petrol model.
The British-based, Indian-owned company has now fitted particulate filters to all petrol engines. These are designed to trap and oxidise potentially harmful ultrafine-particulate tail-pipe emissions.
Currently, the sophisticated medium SUV starts at $71,550 for the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel and tops out at $135,762 for the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 in Australia.
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