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Audi Q8 flagship SUV confirmed, Range Rover Sport rival

May 2, 2013

An Audi boss has confirmed the company is looking to introduce an all-new Audi Q8 large SUV, which will take on the likes of the new Range Rover Sport. The model will sit above the current Q7 in terms of size and specification.

Audi Crossland Coupe Concept

(Audi Crossland Coupe concept pictured)

According to a recent Autocar report in the UK, the new model will take on a more sporty character compared with the Q7. This is said to include a swoopy coupe-like roofline to further distinguish it from the Q7.

Whatever it will look like, the new model has basically been locked in. Volkswagen Group development chief Wolfgang Durheimer said in the report Audi has the biggest SUV within VW Group and that he sees no reason to change that. Durheimer said,

“We can go bigger than we have with the Q7, and we can all see that this sector is growing.”

It’s understood the SUV will ride on a revised version of Volkswagen’s latest MLB platform, which will also underpin the upcoming Porsche Cayenne, the new Q7, and the new VW Touareg. It’s also likely to be used for the potential Lamborghini and Bentley SUVs, if they ever come to fruition.

In Australia, Audi SUVs are among the most popular-selling Audi vehicles. During March, the top sellers were the Audi Q3 (308), the Audi Q5 (200), the Audi A4 (195), and the Audi Q7 (145). Considering the Q7 is doing great here, the Q8 is likely to be a popular one here and abroad.

The Q8 is at least a couple of years away from hitting showrooms.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.