The Q8 will be either electric or hybrid.Audi has published a teaser video to preview its next concept car. Named Q8, the design study will be presented early next week during the Detroit Auto Show.The Q8 takes the form of a large, stylish SUV with a coupe-like roof line. Its front end wears a sharper evolution of Audi's design language characterized by a grille that's wider than the one typically found on the company's current models. The grille adopts chromed vertical slats -- a surprisingly Maserati Levante-esque styling cue -- for the first time.
Technical details aren't available yet, but the discreet e-tron emblem on the front bumper suggests the Q8 is electrified in one way or another. Audi has clearly voiced its intent to develop an electric crossover aimed at the Tesla X, so the concept could use a battery-powered drivetrain. However, we're not tossing out the possibility that it's equipped with a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
The Audi Q8 concept will debut in the Motor City in just a few short days. It's presented as a close-to-production design study, and our spies have already caught a toned-down version of it undergoing cold weather tests in Scandinavia. Expect the concept to spawn a production model before the end of the year.