Audi is bent on building a full electric version for the 2018 Audi A8 model. This next generation of Audi A8 is currently under development and will be the series’ fourth instalment to date. Audi will be releasing the full details of the SUV sometime by the end of next year.
Much has been said about the new A8 and how it will be taking its cue from Audi’s Prologue concept vehicles. Thus, we can get a good picture of it somehow. Technically speaking, the upcoming Audi A8 will be using the MLB evo blueprint otherwise known as the MLB 2. Some Bentley Bentayga vehicle models have already used the same architecture as with the Volkswagen Group’s A4 and Q7.
Soon after Audi introduces the new A8 model, the German brand will shift their attention to manufacturing the Audi e-tron in Belgium. The e-Tron is Audi’s first all-electric vehicle. Having said that, the e-tron is also an electric SUV and will be sharing the same MLB evo platform just like the one used in Audi’s Q7.
In line with this, Audi has finally confirmed that they will also include a luxurious sedan and an electric hatchback in the lineup. But we can expect this to come a bit later or probably following the e-Tron’s official launch. Whether the sedan will be called as just another Audi A8 or an A9 still has no definite answer. But we’re leaning towards another A8 sequel especially since this is the first time that Audi will be introducing an electric variant.
Since Audi is under the Volkswagen Group, the odds are high that the next A8 will be fully electric. Volkswagen has been seriously cutting down on costs after the emission scandal went out of control. This has led the company to sort out their priorities by completely removing some models from their line-up. It may be so devastating for them that they may also have to withdraw their World Rally Championship Programme after Audi walked out from the World Endurance Championship.
There are no words yet regarding the full specs of the electric powered sedan. Either way, we’re no longer expecting a brand new design to ever come out of this. Since the company is cutting down on costs, they won’t probably redesign the saloon as much since it only needed a new electric propulsion system to run. At least, they have confirmed this early that the A8 SUV will definitely come out with an electric version.