Although it is going to take a little while before we actually get to see the 2019 Audi Q8 in its physical form, early signs, and artistic renderings have done well to satisfy customer curiosity. However, the Audi Q7 which is a new release by the automaker provides a better basis for drawing conclusions about the new Audi Q8 2019. This is because of the likely similarity between the models in terms of architectural, exterior and interior designs, and performance. It is safe to say that the new Audi Q8 will be a much improve version of the Q7 as it is reported that the company intends to make it look more sporty, and have a modernized feel so as to set a standard that competitors will have to try match up to.
Let’s Check the 2019 Audi Q8: Inside and Out
The Q7 model of the SUV will set the basis for the design of the 2019 Audi Q8 interior but it is correct to say that it will come with a higher touch of sophistication in terms form, materials, and technology. The interior should include the most recent updates in safety, entertainment, and connectivity. Audi is most likely going to stick with Leather and Alcantara which be the standard upholstery material for the seats, and aluminum and wood trims for surfaces not covered by leather and Alcantara.
It is, however, unclear whether the dashboard will look similar to that of the Q7 or the automaker will come up with something new; for that, we will have to keep our fingers crossed. Expect the model to also be able to accommodate 5-6 passengers spread over two or three rows at the same time. The proposed MMI system is going to be able to integrate and operate intelligent technologies, which is an upgrade to what was previously obtainable. The dashboard certainly will contain a large screen and also house the car’s infotainment package. Passengers can also have a good feel of the entertainment through the large screen on the rear seat headrest.
There is currently no confirmed description of the exterior of the new 2019 Audi Q8, most tests are being done under the disguise of the Q7 model. However, we should expect it to take a shape similar to the Q7; this means it is possible for us to witness the comeback of the huge grille flanked by thin headlights. The “floating roof” might also be a concept likely to return in the new SUV from Audi. The 2019 Audi Q8 will give a more sporty appeal, therefore we should expect the side glass mirror to be shallower, a sloppy roofline, and angled rear windows. Updates on this 197 inches long SUV will be available as the official release date draw nearer.
2019 Audi Q8 – Modification under the Hood
The new 2019 Audi Q8 will present more sophisticated designs in terms of engine and set-up for over-all performance. An array of diesel and gasoline V6 and V8 engines are expected in the new 2019 Q8 SUV although diesel engines may not be available in the North American market. The 2.0-liter cylinder engine is projected to produce about 252 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.0-liter V6 engine is estimated at 333 hp and 325lp-ft torque. The Diesel engines are expected to have a 3.0-liter, TDI estimated at 272 hp and 442 lb-ft torque.
A turbo V6 diesel is likely to be available with the capability of producing 218 hp and 369 lb-ft torques. It will be interesting to see the pairing of the 3.0-liter TDI with an electric motor which will likely boost horsepower and performance levels. All engines will be connected by ZF- sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and all of them sending power to the wheels at the same time. More upgrades are expected in the new Q8 in order to justify its position at the top of the AUDI SUV model series.
2019 Audi Q8 – Expected Date of Arrival, Competition, and Pricing
There is currently no announced release date for the new 2019 Audi Q8 but exhibitions are bound to come up in the new year. The price range for this new brand in the Audi SUV series is expected to be $66, 200 for a starting price while top RS Q8 should worth about $199,000.
The 2019 Audi Q8 will sit at the top of the Audi SUV series and also beat off competition from the new BMW X7, the Mercedes GLS, BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE coupe due advanced features and designs. The closest in competition to the Q8 will likely be Bentley Bentayga luxury SUV due to the similarity in architectural designs and performance expectations.