There’s form versus function and there’s beauty versus brawn. While SUVs are typically more rugged, crossovers tend to be the kinder, gentler side of the larger vehicle market. With the debut of the 2019 Audi Q8, we see an SUV with crossover-like lines and a design that looks poised to speed down the highway.
At the front, a deeply front-sloping hood tips into the SUV’s Singleframe grille, which is flanked by piercing headlamps that give the body a wide appearance. Its long rear-sloping roofline fades into a posterior that looks inspired by Porsche coupe design.
In typical Audi fashion, the Audi Q8 comes equipped with a clean looking cabin that appears to offer plenty of passenger space. There are not large buttons or knobs, the type of thing a person can easily use when they have gloves on. Instead, there is a new MMI touch response display takes center stage in the dashboard and allows for menu customization. The dashboard design moves the eye horizontally with ease. The Audi phone box charges devices wirelessly. Radio and media selections are played on a Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System.
The Audi Q8 is equipped with standard all-wheel drive and an adaptive damping suspension. An adaptive air suspension will be available when the SUV goes on sale later this year and allows drivers to take full advantage of the Audi Q8’s drive modes. Audi says that the SUV is also capable of taking on off-road terrain though on the surface it doesn’t give the illusion of ruggedness.
Most powertrain information has not been revealed. However, Audi has confirmed a V6 diesel engine, though it may not be making its way to the U.S. in that variant. We do know that in whatever power plant ends up coming to North America, a mild-hybrid system is likely. A sporty variant of the model is currently being tested, in the same vein as the 2018 Audi SQ5.
Pricing and an on-sale date will be announced closer to the vehicle’s arrival on dealer lots.