2021 Audi Q8 Release Date, Rumors, RS Model, and Hybrid. The upcoming 2021 Audi Q8 is a perfect example of how today’s SUV needs to look. The second generation of the popular mid-size luxury crossover will look stylish and futuristic. Some of the design cues have been borrowed from Audi’ s flagship Q7 model.
The 2021 Audi Q8 will arrive with minor upgrades. Most of the changes will happen inside this SUV. According to the latest news, a high-performance RS variant will be also available. This model has been caught testing and from the images that we got, it will come with significant updates. Under the hood of the new 2021 Audi Q8 model is lying the same drivetrains, however, most likely the manufacturer will offer this year an optional engine. The hybrid model is confirmed, but there is not much information available at this moment.
2021 Audi Q8 Engine Specifications
Under the hood, the sec-gen Audi Q8 will get powerful engines. There will be few of them to choose. The first one that is under the hood of this remarkable SUV is a 2.0-liter turbo-inline four, which is good for about 252 horses and 272 pound-feet of torque. The next in the line is a stronger atmospheric 3.0-liter V6 that is able to deliver 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Both engines above are exclusively made for the USA market.
In the European market, the buyers will have the opportunity to choose a few diesel engines. The popular 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine that is also used on some of Audi’ s models is on the offer with an output of 272 HP and 472 lb-ft of torque. The de-tuned version of this engine will make 218 HP and 369 pound-feet of torque. The RS Q8 model will also come with a strong engine 4.0-liter V8 that will produce 550 horses.
The hybrid powertrain is confirmed. The e-Tron version will come with a 3.0-liter diesel V6 and an electric motor. These combinations will provide a 373 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque and are connected to the 8-speed automatic transmission. At this moment there are no available fuel economy numbers.
2021 Audi Q8 Offers Luxurious and Elegant Look
The exterior design of the new 2021 Audi Q8 is inspired by the popular Q7 SUV. If we compare these two models, the new one comes with significant upgrades and changes. Both models above are sharing the same MLB platform and the techs inside are similar.
The exterior of the Audi Q8 comes with different and more aggressive lines. This model possesses a unique shape and dimensionally it is 2.6 inches shorter than the Q7 model. It looks more stylish. The front of this SUV is adorned with a beautiful grille and the headlights that use the latest LED techs. The rear is also good looking followed by the LED light treatment that this year is more visible thanks to the new shape.
Interior Design and Technology
The 2021 Audi Q8 will be available with a cabin that provides only premium materials. This model comes with two rows of seats and is able to accommodate five passengers. The seats comfort is great and all passengers can enjoy in a long ride. Tech will be also updated and now there is plenty of innovative features.
Most of the highlight in the interior is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that looks attractive and is easy to use. We can for sure say that the cabin of 2021 Audi Q8 is one of the best in the SUV segment. Luxury and high-quality materials are everywhere and we can expect more boosted design with the RS version.
Price, Release Date, Rivals
The 2021 Audi Q8 is really great looking SUV that offers aggressive design and plenty of latest techs inside. It won’t be cheap. From the latest information, the base model will start at $60.000. The second generation is expected to be available at the beginning of next year. Models like BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe will be the mains rival to the new Audi Q8.