The upcoming 2021 Audi Q8 is the flagship SUV that will get further updates. Interestingly, but Q8 is not larger than the Q7 model. However, it comes with a larger engine, so its price is less affordable. This SUV competes with BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. Q8 is a luxury model that prioritizes lifestyle over the functionality.
Still, this SUV is practical in its way, and it is also a capable model. A V6 engine comes as standard while the hybrid powertrain is optional. The last reports are suggesting a powerful V8 unit for the high-performance Audi SQ8.
Audi Q8 Facelift
The all-new 2021 Audi Q8 looks fresh, both in and out. The exterior design sports a recognizable Audi’s design language. Whatsoever, smaller Q3 and Q7 models are looking very similar to the Q8 SUV. The front part hosts hexagonal grille with aluminum pieces that connect the LED headlights. This model looks sleeker and sportier, thanks to the frameless windows.
Premium trim level comes with an incredible Black Optic package. Premium Plus and Prestige models are offering S Line package with a two-tone color scheme and larger 21-inch alloy wheels. Moreover, you will get illuminated doorsills and other sporty touches. As for the Black Optic package, it offers black roof rails and amazing 22-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, a new 2021 Audi Q8 is additionally refreshed. It is a high-quality interior with plenty of luxury. As we said, Q8 prioritize lifestyle over functionality. However, the cabin is practical, and it provides plenty of room. Air vents are illuminated by optional LED lights. The dashboard is driver-oriented, and it looks classy. The materials are superb, including fine leather upholstery and smoother wood accents.
The infotainment system comes with two high-resolution touchscreens. An upper display is a 10.1-inch unit that provides navigation, phone features and audio system. The lower display is an 8.6-inch screen that is used for climate controls and acts as an input for handwriting commands. There are three rows of seats, and panoramic sunroof is standard.
Performance and SQ8 Specs
Audi’s potent 3.0-liter V6 is available once again. This engine is producing 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Audi Q8 will also feature a belt-driven generator that is part of the 48-mild hybrid system. A 10Ah lithium-ion battery pack is also in the offer. This system will save the fuel, and even a stop/start system is in the offer.
An AWD setup comes as standard and Q8 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. If you want more power, SQ8 is a high-performance variant that offers a V8 engine. It is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful unit delivers slightly lower fuel economy figures, but both engines can tow up to 7,700 pounds.
2021 Audi Q8 Price and Release Date
The approaching 2021 Audi Q8 will start at around $68,000. The range-topping Prestige trim level is available for almost $80,000. If you want the SQ8 performance model, you’ll have to pay $90,000. Audi will release its new model at some point in 2020. Most likely, the sales should start this fall.