2021 Audi Q8
It appears like the range-topping crossover will get the PHEV treatment, too.
Audi has a variety of plug-in hybrid vehicles coming later on this year. We found out at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show that the A6 and A8 sedans, as well as the A7 Sportback and Q5 SUV, were scheduled to get electrified. However, spy photographers in the snowy north caught a vehicle that wasn’t pointed out– the big Audi Q8.
In this instance, the term spy photos is a bit misleading since the Q8 included here isn’t using a lick of camouflage. For that matter, none of its badging is obscured either so we can see this is a Q8 55 TFSI model. We can also plainly see yellow stickers recognizing this Audi as a hybrid test vehicle, however, so what? Audi currently makes a mild hybrid Q8– could not this merely be a run-of-the-mill model from Audi’s test fleet? The fuel door on the left rear fender is a telltale sign because the Q8 has its fuel door on the best rear fender. What you’re looking at here is a charging port. Tricky, Audi. Very tricky.
Now that we have that checked out, what’s under the hood of this PHEV? That’s still a secret, though if the 55 TFSI badging on the rear follows fit, it could have the 3.0-liter V6 with a gearbox-mounted electrical motor used in likewise badged Audis. That plug-in hybrid combination produces a combined output of 367 horsepower (274 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque. Power would go to all four wheels through a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox, with a prospective electric-only range in the area of 25 miles. That’s based upon other Audi PHEV vehicles with a comparable powertrain arrangement and 14.1 kWh battery loads providing electricity.
When will we officially see the Q8 PHEV model? That’s also a complete secret because the Q8 itself is brand new in the worldwide market. Offered Audi’s enthusiastic goal of revealing all type of electric vehicles in the next couple of years, combined with the truth that the car manufacturer does not seem shy about driving this test vehicle in plain sight, it could go official sometime this year.