Our photo detectives made some pictures recently of a test mule of the Audi Q8 e-tron that is arriving soon. It was caught rejoicing in the snow just after the Q8 Concept has been revealed at the 2017 Detroit auto show.
Ingolstadt is clearly still hard at work testing its SUV showstopper ahead of its 2018 potential debut. It’s built on the same platform as the Audi Q7, which can be seen here testing with its sibling to compare it.
“The Audi Q8 is totally disguised in black and white camouflage but you can already see a lot of details and the new design”
“The Audi Q8 is totally disguised in black and white camouflage but you can already see a lot of details and the new design,” our spy tells us.
It looks pretty tough. Inspired with coupe, crossover prototype sports the now signature eight-pointed single frame grille with its featured vertical bars that can be seen through it.
Till now we found out that the Q8 is a plug-in hybrid that puts in a turbocharged V-6 engine with 442 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque.
People from Audi told us that the Q8 concept can get to 0-60 mph in just under 5.4 seconds and it’s top speed is 155 mph.
The 17.9-kWh battery is good for around 37 miles of EV range.
Up front, the front laser lights still seem to be in place along with the new air intakes in the bumper.
On the back, the rear light kit isn’t updated to show the new full-width LED back lights seen on the concept, but you can see the coupe back and the clear leaning roofline.
“We were lucky to photograph the new Audi Q8 side by side with a Q7. You can see that the Audi Q8 is lower than the Q7, but it also looks wider than it’s more upright brother.”
The test concept here seems to be rolling on more traditional 20-inch tires while the prototype shown at this year’s Detroit auto show was sporting massive 23-inch wheels,
We can expect to see the new Audi Q8 e-tron shed more of its camouflage skins when Audi will be ready to launch it as a 2018 model.