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Set to be unveiled in Shenzhen, China later today, the Q8 has already broken cover and is set to be Audi’s most striking SUV yet.
The production model makes it debut following two different show car versions of the Audi Q8 being unveiled in 2017. The first was a hybrid version which was revealed at the 2017 Detroit motor show, while a more focused Sport concept was shown later that year at the Geneva motor show.
The production model closely follows the design of these concept cars with the Q8 keeping its coupe-like style, which Audi expects will appeal to buyers who aren’t quite looking for the practicality of a Q7.
Up front is an angular grille that seems to be inspired by Audi’s smaller Q2, while at the back there are dual exhaust tips and LED taillights that run across the boot. Like the concept models, the production version retains the pillarless window design.
Inside, the interior features Audi’s virtual cockpit with two large touchscreens dominating the centre dashboard. The top screen handles the multimedia system and the bottom one takes care of the climate control.
It’s rumoured that at launch there will be two diesels and one petrol engine available, all of which are supported by mild-hybrid technology. The 3.0-litre TDI units will be offered in two power trims (170kW and 210KW) while the 3.0-litre V6 petrol will make 250kW.
Audi Australia has confirmed the Q8 will join the range in the first quarter of 2019. Full pricing and specifications will be revealed closer to the date.