Audi has reconfirmed its plans to come out with a range-topping SUV called “Q8”. The announcement was made by the company’s CEO Rupert Stadler in an interview with Bloomberg and he said Audi is “working heavily” on expanding the SUV lineup with a new flagship model which will be commercialized as the Q8. The Ingolstadt-based automaker says the car will be aimed primarily at United States, China and the Middle East as these markets are the ones who prefer big coupe-like SUVs and crossovers.
Stadler said the Audi Q8 will strengthen the brand and he also specified it will be out towards the end of this decade. Technical specifications are not available at this point but most likely the model will be based on the second generation Q7 and the main difference between the two is going to be the more sloped roofline of the Q8 while the car’s size will also be a tad bigger.
Aside from getting a more exciting design, the Q8 will essentially be the regular Q7 underneath the skin and will have to face some stiff competition coming from the unreleased BMW X7 which is said to come out in 2017 or 2018.
Note: Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept pictured.