The near-production model is billed as representing a “synthesis of the emotional styling of a coupé and the spaciousness that typifies an SUV, with all its variability”.
Audi believes that with this move, the renowned German car brand is unlocking a new segment for the full-size category.
“With the Audi Q8 concept, we have created a new spearhead within our Q model line. Its design strongly evokes sportiness and prestige,” declared Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte.
“What’s more, we believe an important aspect of this showcar is that it offers a spacious interior with four equally comfortable seats, even with the flat roof line.”
The study vehicle’s front end is imposing, with an octagonal Singleframe considerably wider than that in Audi’s current production models. It is positioned well forward, with three-dimensional sculpting.
Furthermore, many design elements of the Q8 concept are reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro of the 1980s, including the flat but wide C-post, and the prominent, flared shoulders above the wheels, with such balanced proportions giving equal emphasis to the front and rear wheels.
The North American International Auto Show will take place from 8 – 22 January.