The next generation of the company’s flagship sedan is coming in next few weeks and the hybrid version will come along with it, as 2018 Audi A8 Hybrid. As you probably know, this will be the fourth generation of the luxury sedan.
The original model came in 1994, while the current model was in production for about seven years, since 2010. A hybrid version of this full-size sedan came for the first time in 2012. This model is heavily based on standard gasoline and diesel models and the next generation should continue in the same way.
We don’t have the exact information about new hybrid version, but we should see improvement in various aspects. Besides a completely new design, which includes new styling, new cabin and plenty of new technologies, we should also see improvements in terms of powertrain. The 2018 A8 Hybrid should feature many of them.
2018 Audi A8 Hybrid redesign
The 2018 Audi A8 Hybrid is coming as a completely new model. The base gasoline model is on its way, while the hybrid should come right after. The new generation of this full-size sedan comes with plenty of novelties. First of all, there is a new platform that utilizes new lightweight materials. This provides significant savings. Also, the new model features a little bit longer wheelbase which, along with the better use of space, provides more spaces inside. In terms of styling, there are plenty of new details.
The 2018 Audi A8 Hybrid continues with the evolution of the brand’s famous design philosophy. It comes with a perfect combination of conventional German styling with fancy details, especially in areas such as lighting. Compared to the exterior, the interior design feature more significant changes. The cabin features plenty of novelties, but the most notable is the almost complete absence of buttons.
2018 Audi A8 Hybrid interior features
The interior of the 2018 Audi A8 Hybrid will be full of advanced technologies. The first thing that you will notice in the new cabin is that there are almost no buttons and knobs. Most of them are removed and now you control pretty much everything via a touchscreen. There is a new MMI infotainment interface, which includes all of the latest technologies from Audi. A 14-speaker Bose audio system is standard, as well as in-dash DVD player, navigation, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and iPod integration. Features like quad-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors are also standard. Additional optional features are things like a panoramic sunroof, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens etc.
2018 Audi A8 Hybrid safety
The 2018 Audi A8 Hybrid will come with a full load of the advanced safety system. Some of the notable features are a bird’s-eye view camera system, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, a head-up display, Audi Pre Sense, and a night vision assistant.
2018 Audi A8 Hybrid powertrain
When it comes to the powertrain, we still don’t know exact details. The previous model featured a 2.0-liter inline-four TFSI gasoline engine in a combination with a 55-hp electric motor. This electric motor came in a combination with a 1.25-kWh battery. The total output of the system is about 245 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque. A small battery was enough to provide a modest 2 miles in all-electric range and a top speed around 60 miles. For the next generation, we expect improvements in all aspects, especially in terms of battery pack capacity and all-electric range and speed.
2018 Audi A8 Hybrid release date and price
While the gasoline version will come in next few weeks, the 2018 Audi A8 Hybrid will probably come somewhere next year. We expect starting price around 90.000 dollars.
The new version will compete with the pretty much same cars as standard gasoline versions. Those are models like Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ etc.