Audi plan a sensational start to the New Year by unveiling the Audi Q8 concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January.
The near-production model represents a revolution in SUV design for Audi, a direct response to an increasing international demand for premium SUVs that meld spaciousness with elegant and emotional styling and unlocks a new segment in the SUV category.
“With the Audi Q8 concept, we have created a new spearhead within our Q model line. Its design strongly evokes sportiness and prestige,” declared Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte.
“What's more, we believe an important aspect of this show-car is that it offers a spacious interior with four equally comfortable seats, even with the flat roof line.”
The Q8 concept features an imposing front end with a considerably wider octagonal Singleframe which is positioned well forward with three-dimensional sculpting.
Parts of the design are reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro of the 1980s, in particular the extremely flat but wide C-post and the prominent, flared shoulders above the wheels. These balanced proportions give equal emphasis to the front and rear wheels in classic quattro style.