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2019 Audi Q8: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - June 08, 2018

Model Preview

Audi is not one to rock the boat in terms of style, but with the of the all-new 2019 Audi Q8, it did more than just rock the boat–it capsized it, set it ablaze, and laughed as it sunk to the sea floor.

In terms of style, the 2019 Q8 is as far from the current Audi design language as the German automaker could have gotten. The 2019 Q8 boasts the traditional octagonal-shaped Singleframe grille, but that is about all that’s recognizable. The grille’s border is thick and bold, the grille is larger than before, and the lower bumper portion of the fascia is thin and feature strong angles.

Heading toward the rear, the Q8’s thick D-pillars lean forward just a touch, giving it a slight four-door coupe look. Around back, the sharp LED taillights connected by a thin LED strip running across the liftgate, while the bumper and its lower insert are bold and blocky.

Inside, the surprises continue, as Audi went all-out on the five-passenger 2019 Q8, giving it bolstered front seats, two rows of seating, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, piano-black trimming, horizontal dashboard lines that stress the vehicle’s width, and more.

A few tech touches inside include its all-new MMI touch response display with a black-panel look that disappear into the piano-black portion of the dashboard when it is off, and optional contour lighting that traces the cabin’s shape, giving it a stunning look at night too. Audi will include a Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System and the Audi phone box for wireless charging.

The Q8 will ride atop the 117.6-inch Volkswagen MLB platform. It will measure 196.8 inches long, 79.2 inches wide, and 67.2 inches tall. This will afford the vehicle 62 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded.

2019 Audi Q8

The powertrain details remain mostly under wraps, but we know there will be a pair of 3.0-liter V6 engines available, one diesel and one gasoline. Because of the dieselgate scandal, we don’t expect to see the diesel engine in the States.

The standard 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 may be closely related to the current 3.0-liter, which produces 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. There are also reports of potential V8 options for the SQ8 or RS Q8. All Q8 engines will have a mild-hybrid system acting as a starter motor and energy-recovery system. This hybrid system may add a few more ponies to the mix.

A 40:60 rear-biased all-wheel-drive system will also come standard and will transfer more power to each axle, as needed. Helping the Q8 in the corners will be its adaptive suspension, speed-sensitive steering, and available four-wheel steering.

We expect the 2019 Audi Q8 share most of its construction with its platform-mate, the current Q7. Recent adjustments to the way the IIHS qualifies vehicles for its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ categories knocked the Q7 out of consideration for both ratings, as its “Marginal” headlights scores didn’t meet the minimum “Acceptable” rating. Otherwise, the Q7 would have been a Top Safety Pick. This leads us to believe the Q8 could be a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ with some mild headlight tweaks.

Pricing & Release Date

The Q8’s on-sale date is not official yet, but Audi expects to have it in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The Q8 nomenclature implies this crossover will live just north of the current Q7, which ranges from $53,875 to $60,375 (destination fees included). We believe the Q8 will start in the $60,000 to $65,000 range.

Competitors will include the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe, and Porsche Cayenne.

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Pictured: 2019 Q8

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