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Audi A8 teased in design sketches

The reveal of the 2015 Audi A8 is almost upon us, with the brand with the four rings confirming recently that its facelifted flagship sedan will be revealed online on Wednesday, August 21. The car will then head to the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show for its official world debut on September 10.

In the lead up to its reveal, Audi has teased us with some design sketches depicting the 2015 A8. They show that the changes to the styling of the car will be minimal but dramatic enough to keep it looking fresh until a successor arrives around 2016.

The biggest change will be new lights front and rear, which will feature new Matrix LED technology and sequential turn signals. Unfortunately, these features aren’t likely to appear on examples delivered to the U.S. due to stricter lighting standards.

It’s unclear if Audi plans any updates to the powertrain lineup, although we’re still unlikely to see the A8 Hybrid offered in the U.S. anytime soon. The current 3.0-litre and 4.0-litre TFSI units should carry over largely unchanged, as should the range-topping 6.3-litre W12. A 179kW 3.0-litre TDI diesel was just added for the 2014 model year, so this unit is likely to carry over with the same spec.