The luxurious sedan is already running on the roads globally since long and now the company has planned to launch the next generation Audi A8 in Q3 2017. The car will make its first public appearance at the first Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain on the 11th of July 2017 followed by its global premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Based on the company’s MLB EVO platform, the all new Audi A8 is expected to shed off some weight and will be lighter than the current gen A8. According to the information received, the next-gen Audi A8 is expected to be powered by a bi-turbo 6.0-litre W12 motor that would be capable of churning out a maximum power of 600BHP along with a peak torque of 900Nm. Currently, the same engine is electrifying the Bentley Bentayga.
Apart from introducing the next-gen A8 in the basic petrol and diesel versions, the company is also pushing the green revolution by introducing a plug-in hybrid version of the same. For the hybrid version, a 6.3-litre W12 engine with 565BHP is expected to be synced with a 4.0-litre V8 motor throwing 405BHP of power.
Commenting on it, Rupert Stadler, the Chairman of Audi, said that the next generation Audi A8 will be based on a new operating concept and will be the owner of respectable dimensions. He further hinted towards the introduction of automatic driving technology as soon as it becomes safe on highways and the legislation gives a green single to the technology to be used.
As far as the design of the Luxo-barge is concerned, the company has made the evolutionary changes rather than revolutionary, which will clear the picture of the company’s next generation line-ups. Two years back, the German marque showcased the Audi Prologue Concept and the next-gen A8 is expected to follow some of its footsteps in terms of styling. The interior of the A8 will undergo entire cosmetic change and the luxury sedan will be blessed with high-tech autonomous hardware along with a completely new cabin.
The company is also benefitting the vehicle by sporting it with MIB2+ (Modular infotainment platform) and Audi’s 2nd generation Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster. Audi is also expected to include an updated version of Traffic Jan Assist that will help in driving autonomously up to a speed of 60Kmph without any intervention of the driver.
In India, the next generation Audi A8 is expected to knock the doors by the end of 2018. Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and BMW 7 Series will compete against the Audi A8 when it will be up for sale.
Amidst these updates, the German carmaker also confirmed the launch of its sporty compact SUV, Audi Q4 in 2019. The new SUV will find its place somewhere between Q3 and Q5 and will be an extension to the SUV family. It will steal design cues from the TT off-road concept that was showcased at the Beijing Motor Show 2014, however, the Q4 will be based on its Q3 sibling. When launched, it will compete against the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLA, Range Rover Evoque, and BMW X2.