Good news for those of you who are fans of the Prologue concept as it will serve as the basis for the next-gen Audi A8 design. The announcement was made by Audi’s technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg during the Los Angeles Auto Show this week where the concept is being exhibited. He went on to specify that the front end and interior cabin will be the most influenced by the Prologue.
The concept is basically a first glance at Audi’s new design language developed under the guidance of its new chief designer Marc Lichte. The A8 will be the first model to implement the new look and will be followed by the A6 and A7 range and eventually by all the other models within the company’s lineup which will benefit from a more differentiated design compared to the current cars.
The next-gen Audi A8 will be revealed towards the end of 2016 and will be commercialized starting 2017. We already know that it will be offered with optional fully autonomous technology and that it will ride on the MLB platform which will grant a significant weight loss thanks to a more extensive use of aluminum and composite materials. The W12 will live on but upgraded to meet Euro 6 emissions regulations and there could also be more frugal versions like a plug-in hybrid and a full electric e-tron model.