The Ingolstadt-based automaker is getting ready to sign the retirement ticket for the seven-year-old A8 (D4) generation and make room for a new generation – seemingly packed with the latest technology.

We’re betting an online introduction will occur ahead of the automaker’s worldwide live introduction that will happen during the second part of the year – most likely at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The new A8 has already been previewed by the great-looking Prologue concept, but we’re still wondering how many of those lines will actually make it onto the production body – knowing Audi’s appetite for evolutionary designs. It may have some new cues because it’s the brand’s first production car penned in its entirety by the new design boss Marc Lichte and his team. He took over back in 2014 and since delivered the Prologue concept suite – Coupe, Avant and Allroad.

Now the A8 needs to deliver the company’s new corporate design but because luxury sedans have a classic following we’re actually not expecting any radical new features. More important changes will be ushered inside, where the A8 will pack the second-generation Audi irtual Cockpit and the MIB2+ (Modular Infotainment Platform) powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor. It will also come with advanced driverless capabilities, allowing the computer to “take over full control at times.”



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