Next gen 2018 Audi A8 could get XL, coupe variants – Report

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Design previewed by the Audi Prologue concepts.

Auto Express reports that Audi is considering Coupe and XL versions of the next gen Audi A8, according to Dr Stefan Knirsch, technical director at Audi. The flagship model could make its debut in late 2017, and it was earlier reported that Audi will particularly not bring the estate body style to the A7 and A8 range.

Audi Prologue concept front three quarters left at Auto Expo 2016
The next A8 will be one of the first cars to draw design inspiration from the Audi Prologue concept.

Mr Kirsch was quoted saying:

We are thinking about it. The success of the extra-long version of the S-Class has got us wondering about whether there could be a business case for that in the future.”

The decision to introduce more variants of the 2018 Audi A8 could partly be influenced by the success of Mercedes S Class’ new derivatives, such as Mercedes-Maybach S Class and S Class Coupe, as said by Mr Kirsch. Currently, the A8 is only available as a sedan in standard and LWB guises. Audi recently unveiled a 6-door Audi A8L Extended, although that was a one-off for a client.

Mr Kirsch also confirmed that the A8 will feature level three autonomous driving technology. In this level, the car can monitor the driving environment, as well as steer, accelerate and decelerate autonomously. The driver will act as a backup in tricky conditions, and will be requested to take over the wheel at times.

Audi Prologue Avant Concept rear three quarter view at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
The decision to introduce more variants of the 2018 Audi A8 could partly be influenced by the success of the Mercedes S Class range.

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The A8’s exterior was previewed by the Audi Prologue concept at the 2014 Los Angeles Motor Show, and it will be one of the first cars to draw design inspiration from Marc Lichte’s new design philosophy. As shown in CES 2016, the next gen Audi A8 will feature Matrix laser headlights and OLED taillamps, at least on range-topping models.

Audi Prologue – Image Gallery

[Source: Auto Express]

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