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Spied: 2019 Audi Q8

by Drew Johnson

The production Audi Q8 will closely mirror the Q8 Concept.

Audi's upcoming Q8 flagship utility vehicle has been spotted undergoing shakedown testing in the south of Spain. This particular prototype was nearly camouflage-free, giving us our best look yet at the Q8's final design.

Audi has managed to keep the production Q8 remarkably close to the Q8 Concept that debuted at the 2017 Detroit auto show. Some elements have been toned down for production — such as the SUV's front-end treatment — but the overall theme of the concept looks as though it will make the transition to production.

Though based on the family-friendly Q7, the Q8 will only offer two rows of seating. That explains why the Q8 can get away with such a sharply raked rear roof-section; designers didn't have to worry about third-row headroom.

The Q8 is expected to be offered with a range of gas and diesel engines. A hybrid option is also likely. Later in the Q8's life cycle Audi will offer a hotter SQ8 model with a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 with around 435 horsepower.

The Q8 will land in Audi showrooms late next year with a starting price in the neighborhood of $70,000. The SQ8 should command north of $100,000.