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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.

BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GL

BMW X5

A BMW has and always will be considered to be the ultimate driving machine, whatever its size or shape, and the X5 is no exception to that rule. Although the design changes over the years have been evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the real changes have been taking place under the skin. Not only have the features, ride and drivelines improved, the whole car feels generations ahead without really looking it. Although it isn’t as large as the Q7, the interior is airy and rather plush with a long list of equipment in tow but the engine bay is where it gets even more interesting. Under the bonnet is a choice of two petrol engines as well as one diesel engine. The 35i uses a 3.0L twin-scroll turbocharged direct injected straight 6 motor making 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The larger 50i uses a 4.4L twin-scroll turbocharged direct injected V8 making 407 hp and a huge 442 lb-ft of torque! However, the most economical engine of the lot is the rather torquey 3.0L straight 6 twin-scroll turbocharged common-rail direct injection diesel engine in the 35d which makes 265 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque and delivers up to 26 mpg US! All engines are paired to the 8-speed automatic transmission and xDrive intelligent all wheel drive system.

The new X5 is one of the most engaging SUVs you can drive and delivers on every other count as well. For those looking for even more excitement, there is an upcoming M50d model which uses the same 3.0L straight 6 motor from the 35d albeit with three turbochargers and an output of 376 hp and an even more amazing 545 lb-ft of torque! That’s more than what many V8 engines can manage! Not the first time an M division model raised the bar.

Mercedes-Benz GL

Mercedes have always tried to deliver the maximum luxury per square inch and the GL class takes that to a whole new level. It is one of the largest passenger cars available today and that’s not just restricted to the Mercedes-Benz range; the GL is behemoth by any stretch of the imagination. Inside, you have typical Mercedes luxury, but for 7 seats. While the long wheelbase R class may have spacious seating for 7, the GL adds butch design and greater off road credibility to the mix. It certainly looks the part and on the inside it feels every bit as special as any high end Mercedes. Powering the GL are some of the most versatile engines Mercedes has on offer. The base 350 has the 306 hp 3.5L direct injection V6 which also makes a decent 273 lb-ft of torque. The 500 has the larger 5.4L V8 making 388 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque, but will soon be replaced by the 4.7L twin-turbocharged direct injection V8 with 435 hp and 516 lb-ft. There are also two diesel engines on offer. The 350 CDI uses a 3.0L V6 with 265 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. While that torque figure may seem rather astounding, Mercedes has the even more powerful 450 CDI which has a 4.0L V8 making 306 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The 7-speed GTronic automatic transmission and 4matic intelligent all wheel drive system are offered as standard on all models.

The GL class is Mercedes’ largest passenger car to date but that’s about it. It gets the job done well, is very comfortable and safe but it isn’t really fun to drive as such. It seems that someone must have mentioned that to Mercedes which explains why there’s an AMG model on the way!

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!

Room for More – The Big SUVs

SUVs are growing to be smarter, better looking and more practical. With some of them offering seating for up to 8 while not losing out of their comfort or off-roading ability, they are turning out to be great options over both sedans and people carriers.

There are SUVs and then there are off roaders. While the big, boxy SUVs of previous years like the Chevy Suburban and Ford Expedition are still around, manufacturers from across the world decided to take a different approach to building vehicles that could not only seat 7 in comfort but also be equally capable on and off the road. The first order of business was to get rid of the archaic truck platform that older SUVs were built upon and start afresh because that was the best way to create something fresh.

What came as a result of their out of the box thinking and wanting more from less, are the new generation of big yet agile SUVs that offer the best of all worlds; combining car like handling and seating comfort with generous off road and towing abilities. Currently, there are 7 seater SUVs across all price ranges and you can even make a decision based on how much of the rough you want your SUV to deal with or if it is going to be a pure city car with the occasional highway drive out of town. These then are the next level of motoring.

Audi Q7
Back then, the Q7 was Audi’s first attempt at making an SUV and to say they hit the nail on the head would be an understatement. The Q7 was a runaway success with Audi finding customers being pulled to it rather than having to go the other way around. With a large body featuring a rather attractive design and choice of fantastic petrol and diesel engines, the Q7 has a solution for those looking for a blend of style and economy as well as outright power. The 3.0L TFSi gasoline V6 engine is available in two states of tune – 272 hp / 295 lb-ft and 333 hp / 325 lb-ft. There’s also a brilliant 3.0L V6 TDi diesel engine which makes 245 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque besides delivering fantastic economy for its size – up to 26 mpg US. There’s also an even larger 4.2L V8 TDi which makes 335 hp and a tarmac-churning 561 lb-ft of torque. The quattro intelligent four wheel drive system has evolved over the years and offers some of the best and most confidence-inspiring handling characteristics on any large passenger vehicle presently available.

Today amidst heavy competition, the Q7 still enjoys good sales figures and encouraging reviews. It is a very comfortable car and features a lot of equipment, especially on the entertainment front. The only drawback is that the third row of seats isn’t the most spacious, and is comfortable for children rather than grown adults.

BMW X5
A BMW has and always will be considered to be the ultimate driving machine,