Audi Q8 e-tron makes its UAE regional debut

The Q8 e-tron will become the first car to bear the new 2d Audi logo

Audi envisions having more than 20 models in its ‘e-tron’ electrified range of cars by 2026. The latest entrant and sixth model to be inducted into Audi’s EV stable is called the Q8 e-tron, and it recently made its Middle East regional debut in Dubai.

The Q8 e-tron becomes the new flagship SUV in Audi’s e-tron model line-up. Available in two body styles, the standard Q8 e-tron and the Q8 Sportback e-tron, the new eSUV features distinctive designs that visually announce the fitment of an electrified powertrain. The changes comprise an inverted grille with a new Singleframe mask that highlights the new 2D Audi logo at its center, the first Audi to bear this, followed by a width-spanning light blade at the rear.

Inside, the dashboard layout is similar to the standard Audi production models. New bits like light brown walnut wood and sustainable materials from partially recycled PET bottles have been embedded. The cabin can be swathed in optional decorative inlays of porous wood veneers such as grainy ash, sycamore, or aluminium. A host of optional extras include massage seats, an ambient light package and a glass panorama roof for a more vibrant drive experience.

The Q8 55 e-tron and Q8 Sportback 55 e-tron get powered by two motors and generate 402hp in boost mode and 664 Nm of torque, with ranges up to 582 and 600 kilometres, respectively. The sportier SQ8 Sportback e-tron benefits from three electric motors producing almost 500hp and 973Nm torques. However, the range gets restricted up to 513 kilometres.

The Q8 e-tron capitalises on advanced battery recharge technology to handle charge rates up to 170kW. A 10-80 per cent charge top-up will now require 31 minutes under ideal conditions, resulting in a range of 420 kilometres.

Sustainability is the rally cry for Audi in the coming years, and the Q8 e-tron will become a front-runner by being the first production car to get manufactured in the first carbon-neutral high-volume production plant within the premium segment. The German carmaker aims to become a net-zero carbon emissions company by no later than 2050 and carbon neutral by as early as 2025.

The Audi Q8 e-tron will become available in showrooms across the Middle East in the second half of 2023.

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