Audi has made its first move in 2020 by bringing in its flagship SUV, the Audi Q8 to the subcontinent for a price tag that begins at ₹1.33 crores, ex-showroom. To be offered only with the grunty 3.0-litre V6 turbo-petrol engine, the Q8 will mark the advent of highly customisable Audis in India.
So, there is an Audi Q8 too?
The Q8 is an SUV that seats five in its lap of luxury but is also equally capable when you decide to send it hurtling down the road. As for the design, the Audi family face with the gaping horizontally slatted grille, the LED headlamps and the chiseled bumper pack aggression. The raked windshield, coupe-ish sloping roof and the flared wheel arches filled up with large 22-inch alloys define the profile.
The Q8 is the first Audi in India to get the LED tail band running through its width and this design element will soon spread across its range. The 340bhp 500Nm torque powerplant lays down power through an eight-speed gearbox and all four wheels. The torque vectoring Quattro has been adapted for performance.
Inside, dual touchscreens, virtual cockpit, smart connectivity are all standard. The Audi Q8 gets a variety of customising options in terms of paint schemes, interior options and wheels and you can buy an unique car as per your taste. Of course it will cost you over the basic features list. In fact, Audi harps on the Q8 as a highly customisable car in its category. Speaking of which, the competition is in the form of the Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7.
There are chances of a diesel Audi Q8 if it garners enough interest and demand. As it is, there is no BS-VI diesel engine in the Audi portfolio and given the global mandate, we think it will be difficult to cater to individual demands on such a small scale. Want a diesel? Buy the Q7 before April 2020. That’s the only one, at a similar size to the Q8, that comes with a diesel motor.