Audi has released a few teasers on what it calls a combination between a luxury coupe and a sporty SUV. Based on what we know of Audi’s upcoming products, we think it has to be the Q8.
Due later this year, the flagship SUV dons a sloped roofline and wide haunches. Resembling the two near-production Audi Q8 concepts that debuted in 2017, the sketch alludes to a full-width taillight design and a huge front grille, although it could look a bit different now.
Expect the Q8 to enter production in Bratislava, Slovakia later this year. It will ride on the same MLB architecture that currently underpins the Q7, although it won’t have three rows of seating. In concept form, it was about 2 inches shorter than the Q7 but almost 3 inches wider. We’ve also caught Audi testing a hotter SQ8 variant, which is rumored to receive a performance hybrid drivetrain making as much as 470 hp.
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The Audi Q8 will compete against other fastback SUVs on the market including the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and BMW X6. Audi is also gearing up to introduce another fastback-style SUV in the form of the Q4 for 2019.