Audi Q8: 4 key design cues








A new starter/generator and 48-volt electrical system on the Q8 will provide power for what Audi claims are “long coasting phases with the engine deactivated.” Photo credit: BLOOMBERG

Jake Lingeman is Road Test Editor at Autoweek, an affiliate of Automotive News, reviewing cars, reporting on car news, car tech and the world at large.

The 2019 Audi Q8 crossover made its official debut this month after we saw it in Geneva a year ago.

We didn’t get too much detail on the mechanical specs, but we do know it will be a mild hybrid, likely with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine.

A new starter/generator and 48-volt electrical system will provide power for what Audi claims are “long coasting phases with the engine deactivated.”

The big news is the Q8’s styling, with Audi calling it the “new face of the Q family.” That includes the grille, rear light bar, big wheel arches and more. Let’s take a look, piece by piece.

1. The new grille

Audi added two sides to its formerly hexagonal grille for the Q8. Everyone knows octagons are way cooler anyway. Designer Sascha Heyde says, “It’s the first eye-catching element” that people see, and that’s true. It’s shorter than the current version on the rest of the Qs, the bars are farther apart and the verticals are more prominent. The new grille looks chunkier, more cartoony, maybe, but not bad.

The bezel is thicker, making it look like the grille is protruding from the nose of the car. That emphasizes the crossover-as-coupe philosophy.

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