Audi Q8 SUV for 2018

2018 Audi Q8 SUV

A Look at the Audi Q8

Audi’s attempt here is to enter into the segment of premium class, full-size SUVs – this instead of the expected, omnipresent collection of classic sport utility vehicles.

Maximum prestige is the intent behind the Q8 concept. A powerful, highly efficient plug-in hybrid propel this vehicle with 330 kilo Watts of system output and 700 Newton-meters of torque (516.3 lb-ft). The concept car will be the basis for the production model Audi has scheduled for launch for the 2018 model year.

Audi’s New Q8 Flagship SUV Eyeballing the Range Rover

The new Q8 was previewed in concept form at 2018’s biggest motor shows: in January in Detroit and in March at the Geneva show. Based on the concept styling the production version will be a large, but sporty SUV, sitting higher than the Q7 but having a slightly more coupe-influenced side profile like that of similar, premium SUVs, e.g., the Mercedes GLE Coupe and the notable BMW X6.

Audi Q8 concept

The Audi Q8 concept is 5.02 meters long, making it an impressive presence in the premium, full-size class. The three meter wheelbase of the show car offers substantial space both for passengers and baggage. The passengers in the rear-seats have ample head and shoulder room, even taking the sloping, coupe-like roof line into consideration. The control concept uses an expanded version of the Audi virtual cockpit and a contact-analog head-up display and huge touchscreens in the cockpit. The virtual cockpit uses intelligent augmented reality technology that merges the real and virtual worlds.

Proof Audi Can Still Create Bold Designs…

BMW’s X6 is another competitor which Audi’s Q8 seeks to upstage; the Q8 Concept mixes new, unique styling cues with the manufacturer’s current design language. While similar in many respects to the bloated Q2, the majority of its features differ significantly to other Audi-branded SUVs. The slender, angular headlamps have X-shaped LEDs with small underneath vents. The familiar singleframe grille appears more menacing resulting from its thicker frame and six verticle, double-slatted bars. The large intakes below have aluminum surrounds, with elements featuring the “e-tron” logo perform the role of splitter.

Four New Technologies Introduced in the Audi A8 & Q8

  1. Electric Shock
    Although is not a ground-breaking hybrid system, it will be adopted widely throughout Audi’s model lines in the future, delivering strong performance – with fearsome instant grunt – plus those all-important reductions in fuel consumption and emissions.
  2. Clean and Mean
    Electric motors are used both for direct motive power (without the engine, for crawling in traffic, and in tandem with it for hard acceleration) and to spool up the turbos at low engine revs, when exhaust pressures are low and you’d expect a lackluster response.
  3. Virtual Cockpit 2
    The concept takes Audi’s hi-res Virtual Cockpit screen and ramps the hardware up to a 12.3″ 1920 x 720 px screen. Nav will switch from a top-down view to a 3D rendering of the vehicle and its surroundings in zoom-in mode.
  4. No Knobs
    Audi’s current HMI uses a rotary control: a quadrant of buttons with functions that change with the screen and shortcut buttons to nav, radio, media and phone. The A8 will follow the concept’s lead and move to more touchscreen technology, with an extreme high-definition and touch-ready kinesthetic main screen and a secondary touchscreen for climate controls, not unlike duo setup of the Range Rover Velar’s Touch Pro.

2018 Audi Q8 interior

The Q8’s long wheelbase should facilitate considerable interior space – likely enough for four adults and large amount of cargo. The original Q8 Concept’s boot could accommodate 630 liters of luggage; we expect the production version also to offer a spacious load-bay of similar capacity.

 

Inside, we’re likely to find Audi’s next-generation MMI infotainment system – a minimalistic, button-free unit that could feature two central screens instead of the typical dashboard-mounted display. Gesture control features could also end up on the new Q8 while Audi’s 12.3 inch Virtual Cockpit screen should come fitted as standard.

Next-Generation Audi Design

The profile of the 2019 Audi Q8 will be coupe-like, but likely not as severe as the BMW X6 or Mercedes GLE Coupe. Both of those SUVs feature rooflines with significant arc, starting just behind the driver. This sacrifices some rear-seat headroom and cargo space in favor of styling.

The Q8 Concept, however, attempts to retain more rear-seat headroom and a more upright rear hatch. The Q8’s beltline sweeps upward from the front fenders to the rear pillar, giving it an aggressive, forward-canted stance.

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Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Range Rover

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser

The choice of the high and mighty in power across the world, the Land Cruiser has earned its place on the pedestal of off road vehicles. Only just, for only a handful of passenger vehicles can provide Dakar winning performances and luxurious cross country highway drives all at the drop of a hat. The Land Cruiser is a legend in its own right delivering on performance, safety, luxury and practicality all at once. It is rather huge, but that can sometimes be seen as a big advantage too. Depending on the market, you have a choice of powerful V8 engines – a 5.7L gasoline unit making 381 hp and 401 lb/ft of torque or a 4.5L diesel unit making 285 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The automatic transmission, four wheel drive system and several electro-mechanical aids deliver an enjoyable experience in the most challenging of conditions on and off the road. The Land Cruiser will not hesitate to tread where other cars and so-called off roaders have their drivers stop and think twice or more before venturing ahead.

Of course, all this comes at a price but considering the features and equipment it comes with, along with the legendary Toyota reliability on hand, it does seem good value!

Land Rover Range Rover

After the demise of the original, proper Hummer – the H1 Alpha, most enthusiasts will agree that the most capable off road vehicle in current production is the Range Rover. While the Land Cruiser is regarded as the ultimate vehicle in some parts of the world, the Range Rover adds a bit more to mix with bespoke luxury and a heritage that Toyota might not always be able to contend with. The innovative gadgets and assist systems like the multi-view cameras, Terrain Response system and engine choices that Land Rover offers have yet to be challenged. On the road, the Range Rover is comfortable, quiet and luxurious while off it, it trudges on through and over terrain where few vehicles, let alone SUVs would dare to wet their tires on. Of course this effort is helped in no less part by a choice of massive V8 engines – a supercharged direct injection 5.0L V8 petrol engine with 510 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque or a turbocharged common-rail direct injection 4.4L diesel engine making 313 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Add the incredible four wheel drive system, on-the-fly Terrain Response system and automatic transmission systems – a 6 speed Command Shift in the petrol and an 8 speed Drive Select on the diesel and you have a smooth and rather unrelenting delivery of power unlike any other luxury off road vehicle on the planet so far.

The Range Rover is arguably the greatest luxury off-roader on sale today. More so, it is also a style statement as much as it is anything else.

Mitsubishi Pajero and Lexus LX

Mitsubishi Pajero

While Mitsubishi isn’t the most popular brand worldwide, it certainly makes a good crop of cars, or should I say a great crop! They’ve generated much fanfare with their Lancer EVO and Pajero models among rally and off road enthusiasts respectively. But look harder and you notice the Pajero isn’t just a pure-bred dune attacker. It can do just as well on the road and is a great family car that doesn’t cost the world to own and to run. You get the luxury and the gadgets on the inside, apart from one of the best audio systems ever offered in a car. There are three rows of seats with a genuinely pampering second row. As a performer too, the Pajero, Montero, Shogun or whatever name it goes by in other markets, is nothing short of a brilliant all-rounder. A 3.2L 4 cylinder common-rail direct injection engine delivers 202 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque to a 5-speed automatic transmission which sends it to the Super-Select four wheel drive system. While those figures may be lower than many of the models mentioned here about, it doesn’t feel like it has anything missing when you’re at the wheel.

The Pajero figures in this list of elite SUVs because it not only gets the job done right, but also because it doesn’t cost as much to get almost all of what you would get from something twice the price. It is also extremely reliable and dependable upon as an every day car.

Lexus LX

Lexus have aimed square at the big guns with their new LX570. This behemoth 8 passenger SUV has been further improved upon over its predecessor making it equally capable on the road and off it. With a luxurious interior equipped with all the creature comforts, utilities and entertainment features you would ever need, there is no doubting the capability of the LX as a long distance tourer. Lexus have further fettled with the LX to make it an astonishing off-roader as well, not surprising seeing as the Toyota Land Cruiser is the base for this gentle monster. There’s a massive 5.7L V8 gasoline engine on offer making 383 hp and 403 lb/ft of torque of which 90% is available from 2200 rpm – ample performance to have the better of the highway or the dirt. All that output goes through a 6-speed automatic transmission and a limited-slip locking center differential, which when combined to the Active Traction Control, updated Crawl Control, Hill Assist, Turn Assist and Multi-Terrain Select along with the adjustable ride height make it a highly capable vehicle in all conditions.

Lexus cars, especially their saloons, have often been considered the boring businessman’s ride of choice. Of course the LX is in a different league and you would be wise to put any biased choices aside and take a long, hard look at this one. Performance and peace of mind are after all irreplaceable; forget what everyone says…