Audi has delivered one of the major concept introductions of this year’s edition of the North American International Auto Show in the form of the Q8, a model featuring production drive technologies and previewing an upcoming flagship coupe-SUV.
The road-going version will be the company’s first foray into the full-size, coupe-SUV segment dominated by the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe and it will arrive sometimes next year. Audi thinks its Q8 concept manages to successfully mix the elements of sportiness of a coupe and the classic practicality of an SUV – which might be true thanks to the 9.8 foot (three meters) wheelbase. There’s a contact analogue head-up display, Audi claiming it to be the largest in the industry and coming on the next generation A7 first, and there’s also a new version of the brand’s virtual cockpit, with new functions and upgraded resolution.
Inside there’s enough room for four persons, with the concept featuring four independent seats. The Q8 also has production technologies for the drive system. Motivation comes from a plug-in hybrid system, which mixes a 3.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission and an electric engine. Total output sits at 443 horsepower (330 kilowatts) and 516.3 pound-feet (700 Newton meters) of torque, with a sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 5.4 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) with a fuel economy of 2.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (102.3 miles per gallon). There’s also a lithium-ion battery with 104 prismatic cells and a capacity of 17.9 kWh for an EV range of 37 miles (60 kilometers).