The first step for such a model may have arrived earlier this month when the new Q7 SUV was unveiled, paving the way for a four-door coupe version.
Designer X-Tomi certainly thinks so, creating this rendering of the Q8 based on the recently-unveiled Q7.
The Q8 has been imagined with the expected coupe-style sloping rear roof line, which would almost certainly alter the Q7’s ‘squared-off’ rear styling.
Rear glass panels have also been redesigned to fit the new shape, and it appears the designer believes the Q7’s alloys are one size too small - having enlarged them for the Q8.
The front end is identical to the Q7, and the rendering retains the blue paint finish worn by the new Q7 in its official photos.
Mechanically, the Q8 will share much of the new Q7’s running gear, which presumably includes the new plug-in hybrid version.
Called the Q7 e-tron, the new 275kW/700Nm PHEV will be matched with a diesel engine when it arrives in overseas showrooms and boasts a fuel figure of just 1.7 l/100km.
But Audi may decide the Q8’s target market isn’t ready for a PHEV version, as reports suggest the new model could feature unique styling inside and out to differentiate it from the Q7.
Time will tell, with Audi expected to begin production sometime around 2017. Keep watching TMR for more.
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