The next-gen Audi A8 has apparently been delayed until the end of 2017 as the engineers want to work more on the autonomous technology. The original plan was to introduce the full-size executive sedan by late 2016 but now it seems we will have to wait an extra 12 months since Audi wants to tweak the car’s electronic architecture to make it work with the upcoming semi-autonomous driving technology which will be offered as optional equipment on the new A8.
Interestingly, British magazine Autocar says this is only just one of the reasons why Audi has decided to postpone the launch of the next-gen A8, but additional details as to what caused the delay are not available. Audi has started testing their new flagship model back in July last year by using mules which had the body of the current A8 facelift.
The car will likely have just about the same proportions as the current model but with a whole new design since the 2018 Audi A8 is going to be the first model from Ingolstadt designed by Marc Lichte which means the styling is going to be derived from the stunning Prologue concept so it has the potential of becoming one of the most beautiful cars in this segment.