Audi executive Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed the coming of a new Q8 SUV that will sit alongside the next-generation Q7 family SUV.
As expected, the long-rumoured Q8 will bring a more coupe-like design to the party, giving Audi a rival to the strong-selling BMW X6 and another new rival in the growing segment, Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming GLE Coupe.
Like the X6 and the GLE Coupe-previewing ‘Concept Coupe’, the Q8 will debut a more lifestyle-focused look that will showcase a heavily tapered roofline and sportier styling.
“It will be positioned as something more emotional and more sporty than the Q7. The Q7 will be a car for seven people, the Q8 will be more coupe like,” Professor Hackenberg told the UK’s Autocar this week.
He added that the new Q7, like the latest Audi TT range, will be among the last new models to wear a styling language guided entirely by former design boss Wolfgang Egger.
The Q8, which will likely debut sometime after the new Q7, will draw its styling inspiration from the recently revealed Prologue coupe - which is expected to influence a number of new models down the road.
Expect the Q8 to ride on a version of the Volkswagen Group's MLB platform, which will also underpin the new Q7, VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley's upcoming SUV and - if approved - the Lamborghini Urus.
Launch timing is still to be confirmed, but, if earlier reports are to be believed, the Q8 should make its production debut sometime in 2017.
(Pictured top of article: the coming new Q7 SUV.)