The new flagship SUV by Audi will be without door handles.
The most striking exhibit of the company Audi at the Detroit motor show, which took place in USA from 8 to 12 January, has become a concept Q8.
According to representatives of mark, he is the prototype of the future flagship model of the German crossovers.
Novelty is equipped with a hybrid power plant with total capacity of 449 “horses”, allowing for 5-metre-long SUV to accelerate to the first hundred in 5.4 seconds. Moreover, the car consumes just 2.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers and is capable of achieving the electric range to travel about 60 kilometers. However, no less than the show-stopper was surprised and its innovative filling: an abundance of LCD monitors instead of traditional pointers and regulators, as well as the absence of… door handles.
Despite the fact that the novelty is positioned as a future leader of the family crossovers from Audi, for its size it is slightly smaller than the current largest SUV, the Q7, giving him the length and height: millimeters 5002/2004/1700 against 5005/1970/1740 respectively. Less Q8 and the size of the trunk 630 vs 770 liters. But their wheelbases are identical — the 2995 millimeters. The main competitors of the new model will be BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, although her body has such a pronounced “coporatist”.
Q8 is built on a modular platform Volkswagen MLB Evo, which also use models Q5, Q7, the Bentley Bentayga and the VW Touareg. The design of the concept car is significantly different from other Audi crossovers, and key elements in faceted is a large grille with vertical blades, air intakes, aggressive front fascia, accentuated by a G-shaped mustache blowers, and narrow dot matrix led optics. Not less surprising and doors are new — they are, as such, no door handles, no they inside the cabin. It turns out that doors open and close using the touch buttons, built-in brand logo Audi, powered by special actuators.
No in Q8 of the usual dashboard: instead — virtual LCD Virtual Cocpit, which also projects a portion of the information onto the windshield. The Central console is integrated with a larger 12.3-inch touch screen MMI system with a resolution of 1920×720 pixels, and the control unit climate system. Of the traditional physical buttons there are only keys of the alarm system, an Electromechanical handbrake, and Windows.
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