Audi is set to launch the Q8 concept in the coming 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January. However, with just more than 2 weeks to go, they unveiled a sketch study of the car, revealing its unique identity.
The sketch study reveals an aggressive styling of a coupe with the spacious traits of an SUV. With this, Audi may be unlocking a new segment for its full-size category.
As seen on the released sketch, the front end of the car features a wider octagonal singleframe than any Audi Q models. Meanwhile, the forward stance is further enhanced by the dynamic 3-dimensional sculpting evident on its door side panels.
Moreover, features like the flat and wide C-post, as well as the flared shoulders above the wheels were drawn (and further developed) from the 1980 Audi Ur-quattro.
“With the Audi Q8 concept, we have created a new spearhead within our Q model line. Its design strongly evokes sportiness and prestige,” said Audi Head of Design Marc Lichte.
He also added that the important aspect of the new concept car is its spacious interior, with equally comfortable seats even with the flat roof line.