According to the latest reports from Autocar, it appears that Audi is working on an all-electric version of the Q8 sports SUV. Apparently, this vehicle has been approved for production and will be a direct rival to the Tesla Model X.
Audi will use the electric powertrain technology and battery from the upcoming R8 e-tron electric supercar and the German company targets a range of 370 miles or 595 km. Still, the electric Q8 will not be seen before 2017. Tesla will introduce the Model X later this year. Just like the Model X, the Q8 e-Tron will have electric motors driving the front and rear wheels. Moreover, the Audi Q8 e-Tron will carry a large battery pack, at least equal to the 80 kWh pack used by Tesla on the Model X.
Still, Audi will also offer petrol and diesel engines, but also a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Q8. Furthermore, the SQ8 high-performance version is also planned. As expected, the Q8 will be based on the next-generation Audi Q7 SUV, which will be unveiled later this year.
This means that the vehicle will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s new MLB-evo platform, which features a mix of cast, extruded and stamped aluminum but also very high-strength steels. As a result, the platform will shave as much as 300 kg off the weight of the new Q7, which means it will be a crucial part in build a viable electric Q8. More details to be revealed!