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Audi teases new Q8 concept ahead of Detroit

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit will see the unveiling of a new Q8 concept from Audi.

Described as a near-production study, with the styling of a coupé and the spaciousness of an SUV, Audi claims the Q8 will unlock a new segment for the 'full-size category'. “With the Audi Q8 concept, we have created a new spearhead within our Q model line. Its design strongly evokes sportiness and prestige,” said Head of Design Marc Lichte. “What’s more, we believe an important aspect of this showcar is that it offers a spacious interior with four equally comfortable seats, even with the flat roof line.”

The study vehicle’s front end features an octagonal Singleframe grille, considerably wider than that in Audi’s current production models and is positioned ‘well forward’, with three-dimensional sculpting.

Many design elements of the Q8 concept are described as 'reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro' of the 1980s, including an ‘extremely’ flat but very wide C-post, and the prominent, flared shoulders above the wheels. The balanced proportions give equal emphasis to the front and rear wheels, typically quattro.

The NAIAS in Detroit runs from 8-22 Jan, 2017.