Audi to debut Q8 flagship SUV this summer

The Audi Q8 will cost about $70,000.

The wait is almost over for Audi's range-topping Q8 sport utility vehicle — the German automaker has announced that its forthcoming flagship SUV will debut at an event this June.

The Q8 will reign as Audi's top SUV offering when it debuts, taking on vehicle like the Land Rover Range Rover. It'll be based on the family-friendly Q7 SUV but, like the Range Rover, will only offer two rows of seats for maximum comfort.

Styling-wise, the production Q8 is expected to closely mirror the design of the Audi Q8 Concept that debuted at the 2017 Detroit auto show. The flagship SUV will feature a coupe-like roofline, although it won't be tapered as aggressive as the one found on the BMW X6.

The Q8 will initially be offered with a range of gas and diesel engine options. Look for Audi to introduce a hybrid option sometime down the line. We've also heard rumors of a performance SQ8 model with 435 horsepower on tap compliments of a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8.

The Q8 is expected to reach dealers before the end of 2018. Pricing will start in the neighborhood of $70,000, while the SQ8 could command north of $100,000.

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