Saturday, December 24, 2016

Audi Intends To Scale Up In Detroit With Q8 Concept

Photo Credit: Audi of America

In less than a month, the potential of a new year in the automotive sector will be in full bloom in Detroit. For a longtime a showcase largely reserved for new cars and ideas of the American automakers, growing interests of other brands has elevated the North American International Auto Show into a pinnacle global event. German luxury car maker Audi will be among the world motoring contingent choosing the 2017 edition of the auto show in Detroit to debut their latest vehicle imagery in the form of the Q8 concept.

Previewed in pair of sketches ahead of the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the Audi Q8 concept front and side exterior views reveal a sizable crossover infused with a healthy performance appetite. Featuring a long hood and long flat roof and a wide front version of Audi's Singleframe grille, the Q8 concept vehicle's outer appearance does convey an intentional sport design. Although premiering as a concept in Detroit, there is quite a bit of optimism that the vehicle may be the road-worthy reality.

The front end sketch of the Audi Q8 concept says quite a bit. The octagonal Singleframe is given a broad, aggressive look. It is also at the front where the wheel fender flaring is observed in full effect. As the Q8 concept reaches its cabin area, bodywork encapsulates a large interior space. Four seats will be installed in the show vehicle all providing an equal level of premium comfort.


Photo Credit: Audi of America


As captivating as the concept images are of the Audi Q8, a great deal of focus in Detroit may be on the mechanicals behind the crossover's design. Persistent rumours imply an all-electric powertrain will demonstrate the capacity for competing with the Tesla Model X. From the front end sketch of the Q8 concept, the e-tron badge is apparent on the lower air dam. If the German automaker's plans are for all-electric propulsion, it's fair to point out their attempts to launch into the automotive sector had not gone well so far. The all-electric R8 e-tron ended production before many had known production had even started on the vehicle. A highlight during the 2017 R8 lineup's premiere, the e-tron all-electric model received an unceremoniously short run of under 100 examples.

The physical Audi Q8 concept vehicle will be unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on January 9th at 8 am eastern time.

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