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2019 Audi Q8 Is the New Flagship SUV


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Hailed as the top premium SUV from Audi, the all-new Q8 makes its official debut.

For the 2019 model year, the five-passenger Audi Q8 boasts a number of new features to "deliver everything customers expect from a luxury performance SUV." The Q8 is the new flagship SUV from the brand, and the sixth installment in their crossover/SUV class. This is including the impending arrival of the Audi e-tron.

Design

The 2019 Q8 reportedly introduces the brand's "new SUV design language." This is composed of an octagonal Singleframe® grille, bold lines, and contoured air inlets.

Also referred to as a "coupe," the all-new Audi Q8 is engineered with a sweptback design to boost aerodynamics, thus providing a fluid driving experience.

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The frameless doors are complemented by inclined D-pillars, a light strip in the rear, roof rails, exhaust tips, and LED lighting.

The cabin is designed to be more intuitive to the driver, and amenities like three-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and leather seating come standard.

Of course, a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat is equipped, creating a class-leading 67.5 cubic feet of cargo room when engaged.

Entertainment

Audi has pulled out all the stops for the first-ever Q8 SUV. The all-new MMI® touch response system wipes out the rotary dial, buttons, and controls implemented in current models and features a cleaner look with two high-resolution touchscreens.

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The top 10.1-inch upper display houses the infotainment, while the 8.6-inch lower display contains climate control, comfort, and convenience functions.

Every Q8 comes with the Audi virtual cockpit and smartphone interface. Available options include the Audi phone box, head-up display, and 19-speaker audio system.

Performance

What's new in the performance sector? A 3.0L TFSI® V6 engine that's worth 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Integrated is a twin-scroll turbocharger and valvelift system for enhanced responsiveness.

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Its 0-60 mph time? A quick 5.6 seconds--an impressive feat for an SUV.

Similar to other manufacturers, Audi is stepping into the mild hybrid game with the introduction of Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology. This 48-volt system is placed beneath the cargo floor, and power is transported to a belt alternator from a 10aH battery.

Standard equipment includes quattro® all-wheel drive, a start/stop system and an adaptive damping suspension.

The 2019 Audi Q8 hits showrooms in October. Pricing starts at $67,400.

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