In the last couple of years, coupe-crossovers became very popular. Most of the established automakers have at least one such a model in its lineup. The 2020 Audi Q8 is one perfect example. Audi offers a mid-size luxury crossover that is similar to the Q7 model. This will be the second production year for the Q8 model. With that in mind, logically, Audi won’t introduce significant upgrades.
However, Audi is thinking outside the box. The 2020 Audi Q8 will arrive with numerous upgrades. Current model offers a single drivetrain option so new Q8 will most likely offer a new optional engine. The exterior design will stay intact and the interior will get some updates. A high-performance RS variant will become available as well, later in 2019. The RS Q8 model has been caught testing these days and it`s wearing full body camo.
2020 Audi Q8 Upgrades and Changes
In terms of the exterior design, the 2020 Audi Q8 won’t introduce significant upgrades or changes. Remember, it is the second production year for the mid-size crossover. The first generation is still present. The current Q8 is based on the Q7 model. The two are sharing the same MLB platform and the mechanics are very similar.
However, Q8 comes with different shape and dimensions. Also, Q8 looks more attractive with its coupe-crossover appearance. Both front and rear parts are looking more eye-pleasing and sharper. The sloping roofline looks perfect and the hatchback-like tailgate is very sporty.
2020 Audi Q8 Offers Quality and Innovative Interior
The all-new 2020 Audi Q8 comes with a premium interior design. Comfort is great as well. Audi will introduce a couple of updates from the inside. The dash looks innovative and the same dash will be available in all of Audi’s new models. Center stack holds large touchscreens and almost all of the controls are digital. The cabin is driver-oriented but the layout of the controls isn’t that simple. But once you get used to it, you won’t have any problems with the layout. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster looks modern. It is a part of Audi’s famous “Virtual Cockpit”.
Don’t question the quality of the interior. Audi is a well-known automaker that delivers premium cabins. Luxury is everywhere. Plenty of upscale materials and amenities are available as standard. The two-row layout remains and the seats are very comfortable and supportive. Legroom is ample but the headroom in the back could’ve been better.
Current Q8 model is offering only one engine choice. It is a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 335 horses. The gasoline engine delivers good acceleration but fuel economy isn’t satisfying. Power is great but 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway doesn’t sound that much promising.
For that reason, Audi will introduce new drivetrain that will be optional. While there are no exact details, the new engine will deliver almost the same amount of power. On the other hand, we can expect a big improvement in terms of fuel economy rating.
2020 Audi Q8 RS Review
The high-performance RS variant is available. The 2020 Audi Q8 RS will look extremely sporty and handsome. Aerodynamics are better and the whole body is more aggressive. Bumpers are really aggressive, along with the side skirts.
Larger wheels and more distinctive styling are visible at first glance. Also, the RS version will get a new engine as well. Not only that, new suspension and brakes are in the offer too. Whatsoever, Q8 RS will now deploy a 4.0-liter V8 that will deliver around 550 horses.
Release Date and Price
The upcoming 2020 Audi Q8 will hit the dealerships in the third quarter of 2019. The price starts at around $65,000. The RS variant will cost significantly more, about $80,000. Expect numerous optional equipment, packages, and trim levels.