According to a report in Car magazine, Audi officials have given a new Q8 crossover model the green light. It will be a flagship CUV that trumps the Q7 (pictured here) and focuses more on being sporty and stylish than the automaker's current lineup of utility vehcicles. In other words, it'll be something of a BMW X6 rival.

The Q8 will reportedly ride on the new aluminum-intensive, long-wheelbase MQB architecture that will underpin the the next-generation Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, not to mention the next Q7. This new platform is said to be an integral part of Audi's bid to cut around 660 pounds from today's Q7. Under the hood will be a range of gasoline and diesel engines, with an eventual 550-horsepower RS model topping things off. That's right, folks – RS Q8.

Car points out that while crossovers like the Q3, Q5 and Q7 are more boxy and upright, the Q8 will be a part of an even-numbered family of CUVs designed to be more, um, coupe-like. Once again, it's like what BMW is doing with the forthcoming X4 and current X6 in comparison to the X3 and X5.

Don't expect to see the Q8 on the street anytime soon, though. Car reports that the vehicle is still in the very early stages of development and a production model is unlikely to appear before 2017.


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      Kaloua Benjireed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some Kuwaitis may get excited about this Audi's name: http://www.q8.com
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously...It looks too "last gen".
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crossover Coupe? I guess my neighbors Dodge Ram is also a coupe then. Hell, eveythings a coupe now, right?
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      RobbieP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait isn't this the same category that the Honda Crosstour lives in ... ugh! (It's a Q7 in the pictures I know ... but this really is the Ugly Bug Ball of the car classes) Audi, try making something look interesting ... it's all so bland ... first thing to do lose the tragically awful fronts from you cars!
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could we have an A8 based avant/shooting brake rather than another SUV? I don't see the point in a "coupe-like" SUV.
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are there really enough people who want these sedan/SUV's that auto manufacturers for some reason are calling coupes? I mean, do X6's really sell that well? As a person who spends time in LA or SF, I see a few here and there but nowhere near as much as any other luxury SUV. You'd think the ZDX would have been a warning to automakers about diving into this market segment, though to be fair its styling can also be held responsible for its fate.
      justgoawaymad
      • 2 Years Ago
      again with the B/S marketing.....4 door coupe NOT!!!! give it up real drivers are not fooled by your knee deep b/s
      avatar-ds
      • 2 Years Ago
      No that BMW's are finally getting some decent exterior designs, Audi decides to slide into the utmost vulgarity that can only be exemplified by an X6 type vehicle...
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do Americans really buy stupid things like this? Is this the requirement for appropriate social status in the gated McMansion neighborhood or at the country club? Is there really a recession in the economy?
      Rey Piko
      • 2 Years Ago
      MQB-platform for the next generation of big VAG SUVs? I didn't know that. Are you sure about it?
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