Audi Q8 Concept Reveal at 2017 NAIAS
The mega Audi Q8 Concept is a rolling display of Audi’s pinnacle of design & technology.
After teasing us for almost a month with the cool images about the upcoming Audi’s big SUV at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 Audi finally revealed a new stunning Audi Q8 SUV concept. Propulsion is provided by a combination of powerful and exceedingly efficient plug-in hybrid with 330 kW of system output and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque.
This Q8 has taken the inspiration from the Q6 e-tron design study revealed at Frankfurt IAA 2015. The stance is more of a sleek hatchback rather than a full-blown SUV, however, Audi confirms that there will be an abundant space for all occupants.
The best is to be seen inside the cabin. an experience drawn from sci-fi flick is there for the driver and the occupants. Audi virtual cockpit and a contact-analog head-up display which now integrated with intelligent augmented reality technology that merges the real and the virtual worlds.
“The Audi Q8 concept is an Audi in peak form. It demonstrates the strengths of our brand in both technology and design while providing a glimpse at a future full-size, production SUV,” said Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “With its next-generation display and control solutions, we are enabling customers to experience connectivity in a whole new way.”
The flat, wedge-shaped dynamic headlights of the Audi Q8 concept are integrated progressively into the exterior and connected from a design perspective to the surrounding air inlets. The individual lighting units have glass covers, but the headlights as a whole are open to creates the impression of free floating in the space. An x-shaped, blue laser light signature highlights the digital Matrix laser technology used for the low and high beams. Broken down into more than one million pixels, their light can illuminate the road in high resolution and with precise control. Underneath the edge of the engine, the hood is a narrow LED light guide that emits the light for the dynamic turn signals and the daytime running lights. It wraps around the outside of the headlights, where its ribs create an innovative e-tron signature.
Audi said that the Audi Q8 concept uses production technologies for the drive system and suspension. Their use in the study demonstrates their importance once again. The plug-in hybrid combines sporty performance with high efficiency. The combustion engine is a 3.0 TFSI producing 245 kW (333 hp) and a maximum of 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque. The electric motor generates 100 kW of power and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft). Together with a decoupler, it is integrated into the eight-speed Tiptronic. The complete system produces 330 kW and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque. The Audi Q8 concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). According to the standard applicable for plug-in hybrids, it consumes just 2.3 liters of fuel (102.3 US mpg) per 100 kilometers (62.1 mi) in the NEDC, corresponding to 53 grams CO2 per km (85.3 g/mi).
The lithium-ion battery located in the rear consists of 104 prismatic cells. With a capacity of 17.9 kWh, it enables an electric range of 60 kilometers (37.3 mi), and the total range with the TFSI engine is up to 1,000 kilometers (621.4 mi). A full charge with 7.2 kW output takes about two and a half hours.
The driver controls the Audi drive select system via a prismatic satellite button on the flat-bottomed steering wheel, just like the start-stop system. There is a choice of three driving modes: “EV” mode prioritizes electric driving, while in “hybrid” mode the decision regarding the drive type is left largely to the hybrid management system. In “battery hold” mode, it saves the available electric energy for a later time.
The blue beast concept car will be perhaps toned down for a realistic production model that Audi will launch on the market in 2018. till then keep following the MyRVM/ Rearview Mirror for further updates!