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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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Comments (16)

 GTurbo GTurbo
Crosslane after Park Lane? Just thinking out loud! Looks great, but will it sell?
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December 27, 2012 6:32 am
 LWE7 LWE7
Maybe Lambo SUV cousin too.
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November 21, 2012 3:35 pm
 Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Q8 World premiere in Kuwait.
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November 20, 2012 5:51 pm
 Windmad Windmad
Couldn't agree more with the first paragraph...
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November 20, 2012 11:07 am
 duppy mowt 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)
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November 20, 2012 9:43 am
 porsche6616 porsche6616
rubbish
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November 19, 2012 9:36 pm
 SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
The GL owns this market
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November 19, 2012 8:08 pm
 DBaskov DBaskov
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.
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November 19, 2012 5:23 pm
 boxster127 boxster127
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.
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November 19, 2012 5:16 pm
 SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
Why new crossover? Just make Q5/Q7 look like that.
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November 19, 2012 5:11 pm
 Microice Microice
they can keep it
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November 19, 2012 4:49 pm
 Philosopher Philosopher
Make it happen.
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November 19, 2012 4:30 pm
 Siawa Siawa
"The world needs another luxury crossover as much as it needs another untalented pop star" ... Epic!
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November 19, 2012 4:11 pm
 GRAVE GRAVE
X6 rival?
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November 19, 2012 3:46 pm