The Audi Q8 is India-bound. Yes, this is the German automaker’s new flagship SUV and was unveiled in production guise two days ago and here is a glimpse of the top 5 features to be expected when the car comes to India sometime in early 2019.
Virtual cockpit and dual infotainment displays
Keeping in line with extending the functionality offered by the various displays on the dashboard, Audi has, now, made standard its virtual display as well as dual touch displays for the centre console. This appear to be far more comprehensive and offers higher functionality but at the cost of Audi’s signature floating display that has defined the cabin in its previous models.
Extended smart device connectivity
All variants of the Q8 will now get extended smart device connectivity and features. A WiFi hotspot, embed phone box and MyAudi App are standard features for all variants of the car. Optional extras include an Audi Connect Key, memory function for the navigation system with individuality for 400 functions. Audi has, now, also installed Car-to-X connected car technology to provide better information to drivers.
Driving assist systems
Being the flagship of the Q range, the Q8 now comes with assist, efficiency assist, crossing assist, lane change warning, curb warning and 360 degree cameras as standard features. What is new to this model is the remote garage pilot which will allow the driver to exit the vehicle and then let the car park itself into a garage space. The technology is activated through the MyAudi App and is already offered on the latest generation A8L.
The Q8 will be the first Audi vehicle in a significantly long time to be offered with a purely mechanical differential. This is a true Quattro system at heart and is at a 40:60 ratio as standard. You also get 254mm ground clearance and hill descent control. The extras in the list include all-wheel steering and an adaptive air suspension.
Mild hybrid technology
Audi is betting big on electric cars and hybrid technology and has put its weight behind the same to ensure a full roll out by 2025. This Q8 appears to be a first step thanks to a new mild hybrid technology. The 48-volt primary electrical system incorporates two important technology modules: a lithium ion battery and a belt alternator starter. During braking, it can recover up to 12 kW of power and feed it back into the battery. The MHEV technology enables long coasting phases with the engine deactivated and a start-stop range that begins at 22 km/h (13.7 mph).