India-bound Audi Q8 - Motorshow Focus

24/12/2018 - 13:31 | ,   | Yatharth Chauhan

The Audi Q8 was displayed at the recently concluded Thai Motor Expo 2018. The flagship SUV has been on sale in Thailand for THB 6,799,000 (INR 1,45,79,391).

Audi Q8 Thai Motor Expo 2018 Images Front
The upright Single-frame octagonal grille becomes the new visual identity of the Audi Q-series models.

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What is striking about the Audi Q8 is its Single-frame octagonal grille, which debuts the new face of the company's Q family. The upright grille is flanked by sleek LED headlamps while the sporty front bumper features a prominent lip spoiler. The side profile is characterised by a sloping roofline that terminates in the gently inclined D-pillars. The flared wheel arches house stylish 22-inch alloy wheels, while the rear features sleek LED tail lamps that are connected with a lighting element that runs across the width of the tailgate.

The dashboard features two touchscreen displays on the centre console -  a 10.1-inch upper display for infotainment controls and an 8.6-inch lower display for the HVAC controls and text input. Furthermore, the instrument binnacle features high-resolution 12.3-inch screen for virtual instrumentation. The three-seat system in the back can be slid forward and backwards as desired. With all the seats in place, the Q8 offers a boot space of 605-litres. That said, the maximum luggage-carrying capacity with the backrests folded down stands at 1,755-litres.

The Audi Q8 55 TFSI is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that outputs a maximum power of 335 hp at 5,500 rpm along with a peak torque of 500 Nm at 2,900 – 5,300 rpm. The motor comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives all four wheels through the Quattro AWD system. The engine works in tandem with a 48V mild-hybrid system that optimises the fuel efficiency.

Audi Q8 Thai Motor Expo 2018 Images Rear
In Thailand, the Audi Q8 is available only in the 55 TFSI engine variant and S-line trim. It is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which works in tandem with a 48V mild hybrid system.

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In September 2018, it was reported that the flagship SUV is India-bound. The Audi Q8 is likely to launch in the 50 TDI engine variant and cost more than INR 80 lakh (ex-showroom) when it goes on sale next year.

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