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The New Audi Q8 SUV

Audi has been growing its SUV lineup on a regular basis. Now it has announced the inclusion of another stunning SUV in the lineup - the Q8. The Audi Q8 is a new flagship model which is going to be the largest model in the Q series. The Audi Q8 is aimed at competing with the new full size Range Rover. The product in making looks remarkably similar to the Q8 concept which was revealed by Audi at the Detroit Motor Show last year. The car is set to launch later this year and it has some distinctive design features. 

The front of the new SUV is from the company's catalogue and comprises of a lower yet wider grill and thinner headlines as compared to the older design on the Audi Q7. The design is innovative and smart and the rear of the vehicle looks similar to the Bentley Bentayga and the shape of the vehicle is much closer to the Lamborghini Urus. 

The new SUV is planned to be built in parallel with the Q7 at the Audi's Bratislava plant in Slovakia. The full article explains in detail, regarding the new Audi Q8. 

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The Q8 will also have roughly the same footprint as its stablemate - giving it a wheelbase of three metres and a total length of over five, however, it is expected to be 40mm closer to the ground. To handle the luggage of its occupants, the Q8 has a 630-litre boot, which if benchmarked against the Range Rover's may appear a little small, as it is 279-litres short. 

The tapered rear end and sloping roofline on the concept resulted in a four seat layout, but an extra seat will join the rear of the production version before first deliveries are taken in 2018. 

Also included on the concept was an e-tron plug-in hybrid powertrain, which uses a 3.0-litre TFSI engine teamed with an electric motor and 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack. All this results in an claimed output of 438bhp and 700Nm of torque. 

Audi states a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds and the car has a top speed of 155mph, while it emits 53g/km of CO2. Power is delivered via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and quattro four-wheel drive. 

There's a good chance the petrol-electric powertrain will be made available in the production model, because Audi says: "Their use in the study demonstrates their importance once again." On electric power alone, the Q8 concept can travel up to 37 miles, and the lithium-ion battery takes two and a half hours to fully recharge. 

Author: James Brodie 

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