On July 11, Audi is set to reveal its flagship luxury sedan, the all new A8. And at this moment, none of us are sure how this model will look. But we get a good idea of what it will be thanks to Jan Peisert who renders the design of the new Audi A8 (D5) based on the leaked illustration and spy shots of the latest prototype as it goes through its testing stage. As seen on the rendering, the fourth generation Audi A8 has design elements from recently launched concepts and designs by the company. To be specific, it has similarities with the latest TT coupe, the new SQ5 crossover, and the Prologue Avant concept - like bits and pieces of these cars combined.
To give you more details, it’s like a flashback of 2014’s Prologue Concept, a large sports coupe, that had a very angular and sharp face. Though we feel like the A8 was inspired by this concept, it will be a more conservative, toned down version of the concept’s eye catching exterior design - since this might sell better in the market. As for the interior, we have no word on that yet.
Apart from having a semi-autonomous driving mode that is derived from Audi’s Piloted Driving technology, sources say that this car will have more high tech features. One of them would be the self-parking feature, while another is the self-driving function that lets the car drive itself from 0 to 37 miles per hour. It will also come with special control units that will prepare the car for future developments of the autonomous driving software.
In addition, it will be equipped with the latest infotainment system - the amazing MMI Touch Response, which replaces all the knobs and buttons with several LED screens that are tilted at different angles creating a trapezoid-like shape. On the steering wheel are a few physical buttons, and the only hard input button would be the ignition button.
If our sources are accurate, then the design of the A8 may be the representation of the next generation luxury sedan. Well, we cannot wait for the Frankfurt Motor Show, where it is set to make its first debut, this September.
After years of catching up, the 2018 Audi A8 will finally be positioned in the market to compete with the current 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7 Series from 2015, and the latest one which was just launched two month ago, the Lexus LS. And how can we forget the oldest players in the game - the 2012 Maserati Quattroporte and the Jaguar XJ released almost a decade ago in 2009.