Audi confirms Q8

THE Audi Q8, a sportier, swoopier version of the Q7 land-ship, has been confirmed for production. The Q8 (artist’s impression left) will launch globally in 2019, with drivetrains that will almost certainly include electrification as Audi ramps up its e-tron sub-brand. At a recent shareholder meeting in Ingolstadt, Audi also confirmed that the Q6 (a sportier version of the Q5) will arrive in 2018. Before then we’ll see its smallest SUV, the Q1, in 2016 and new Audi A4 before the end of this year to tackle the much fresher Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series.