New-gen Audi A8 to come out in 2017 image

The new generation of the Audi A8 sedan will be introduced in a couple of years as the flagship model will benefit from piloted-driving tech.

Audi is currently behind the competition from BMW and Mercedes-Benz with its flagship model, the A8, but things are about to change soon. The vehicle in question will be receiving a new generation but if your hopes are too high you should know that this won’t be released until 2017. According to a recent report, the flagship will be making transition from assisted to piloted-driving technology and it will adopt it from the RS7 Piloted Driving Concept.

The 2018 Audi A8 will be getting the traffic-jam pilot on board which is taking over longitudinal and lateral guidance, detecting a traffic jam on a highway at speeds between 0 and 60 km/h (37 mph). This will also allow the car to park itself but the Audi research and development boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, didn’t elaborate how these two systems will work on the new A8.

The design of the flagship model will be inspired by the ones of the Prologue Coupe and the Avant concepts and it will be “muscular and athletic and at the same time flowing and elegant”. The current generation of the model has been around since 2010 and it is produced in Germany and in Russia. This has a choice of six petrol engines and two diesel burners and it is connected to the 8-speed automatic transmission made by ZF.

Source: Car Scoops