Audi Q8 Crossover-Coupe approved for production - report

 Audi Q8 Crossover-Coupe approved for production - report
Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept

Could be launched in 2017

The world needs another luxury crossover as much as it needs another untalented pop star, but that hasn't stopped Audi from reportedly green-lighting the Q8.

According to Car Magazine, the Q8 will be a luxurious new crossover that features four-door coupe styling. Little is known about the model, but it has reportedly been shown at marketing clinics where it has received rave reviews. The response was so overwhelming that Audi apparently raised their production forecast to 25,000 units annually.

The crossover will likely ride on the long-wheelbase version of the MLB platform that will underpin the next-generation Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. Thanks to its aluminum-intensive architecture, the model could weigh 300 kg (661 lbs) less than the current Q7.

A variety of V6 and V8 engines are expected as well as a plug-in hybrid variant and possibly a high-performance RS model with 550 bhp (410 kW).

Despite being approved for production, the Q8 isn't expected to be launched until 2017.

Note: Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept pictured

Source: CAR
Published Nov 19, 2012 3:30 pm By Michael Gauthier
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Crosslane after Park Lane? Just thinking out loud! Looks great, but will it sell?
Dec 27, 2012 6:32 am
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Maybe Lambo SUV cousin too.
Nov 21, 2012 3:35 pm
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Q8 World premiere in Kuwait.
Nov 20, 2012 5:51 pm
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Couldn't agree more with the first paragraph...
Nov 20, 2012 11:07 am
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duppy mowt
2017??? Thanks for the heads up, LOL... Nevermind this Audi, try concentrating on the quattro or some larger 2-door coupe. (And I don't mean the TT)
Nov 20, 2012 9:43 am
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Nov 19, 2012 9:36 pm
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The GL owns this market
Nov 19, 2012 8:08 pm
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I don't get why this is taking priority over Quatro. I don't get how this would take priority over anything. Audie needs to step up and bring back the legendary Quatro to make its' lineup more sporty.
Nov 19, 2012 5:23 pm
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Antichrist, I'm afraid your wrong. The Q8 is an X6 rival. The Q6 which will be based on the Q5 will compete with the X4 based on the X3.
Nov 19, 2012 5:16 pm
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Yes, the Q6 based on the Q5, but its rival is the X6...Watch here...http://www.topspeed.com/cars/audi-q6/ke3087.html
Nov 20, 2012 9:32 am
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Why new crossover? Just make Q5/Q7 look like that.
Nov 19, 2012 5:11 pm
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they can keep it
Nov 19, 2012 4:49 pm
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Make it happen.
Nov 19, 2012 4:30 pm
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"The world needs another luxury crossover as much as it needs another untalented pop star" ... Epic!
Nov 19, 2012 4:11 pm
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X6 rival?
Nov 19, 2012 3:46 pm
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Noup, the Audi Q6 going to competes with the X6.
Nov 19, 2012 4:42 pm
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