Audi engineers are hard at work creating an all-electric version of the Q8 SUV. With a practical range of around 370 miles, Audi has placed the Q8 e-tron firmly as a contender to Tesla Motor’s upcoming Model X.
According to autocar.co.uk, senior Audi sources have approved the car for production. This follows quickly on from the news that the Audi R8 e-tron has been green-lit again following a on-again off-again cycle that saw Audi wrestle with the technology.
Sources have said that the Q8 e-tron will have electric four-wheel drive – much like the option on the Model X.
While it seems that Audi may be responding to the growing threat of Tesla and their luxary electric cars, it would be unlikely for the Q8 e-tron to make an appearance before 2017 while deliveries of the Model X are set for this year.
The Q8 e-tron looks set to be based on the next generation Q7 SUV albeit with a few design changes to make it sleeker – and presumably more aerodynamic.
As with many of Audi’s other modern cars, the Q8 e-tron will be built on the Vokswagen Group’s MLB-evo platform allowing for the car to be produced with multiple drivetrains. Thus we are likely to see, alongside the e-tron and petrol/diesel versions, a plug-in hybrid.
We’ll keep you updated as more details arrives.
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