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Audi will debut Q8 SUV flagship

The Q8 concept has a wide single frame grille.
Audi will debut a near-production concept for its Q8 SUV flagship at the Detroit auto show next month.

The concept has the “typical spaciousness of an SUV with elegance of a coupe,” Audi said in a statement today.

“With the Audi Q8 concept, we have created a new spearhead within our Q model line. Its design strongly evokes sportiness and prestige,” Audi’s design chief, Marc Lichte, said in the statement.

The concept has a spacious interior with seating for four despite its flat roof line, Audi said.

The car’s octagonal single frame grille is considerably wider than the grille on Audi’s current production models. Many design elements are reminiscent of the 1980s Ur-quattro, Audi said, including the extremely flat but very wide C pillar and the prominent, flared shoulders above the wheels.

The Q8 concept has a flat roof line,wide C pillar and flared shoulders above the wheels.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler announced the brand’s plans for the Q8 last year, saying the SUV would be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East, where large coupe-styled SUVs are in high demand.

The production Q8 will be built on Volkswagen Group’s newest MLB platform also used by the Q7 and Bentley Bentayga. The Q8 is expected to launch in 2018.

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