Audi’s mid-size coupe crossover has been around for a while and it looks like it’s time for updates. The latest reports suggest a facelift for the next year, which clearly indicates that the Ingolstadt company plans to keep the current model in production for some more time. From what we know so far, the focus will be on the visual updates. We are about to see a slightly revised styling, while the rest of the vehicle is about to remain largely the same. Of course, we also count on the new standard and available features.
The 2023 Audi Q8 will continue to deliver familiar design characteristics and features. This SUV offers a balanced ride and comes with some pretty capable engine options on the offer. Furthermore, we like its interior design and pretty intuitive infotainment system. On the other hand, the bigger drawback is poor fuel economy, no matter which powertrain you pick.
The 2023 Audi Q8 will hit the market in the second half of the year.
Design and Changes
This facelift will bring various changes and we are pretty sure that most of them would be subtle. We would expect to see some styling revisions, particularly at the front. That refers to minor tweaks to the areas like headlights, grille and bumper. The rest of the vehicle shouldn’t change much, though we do expect to see updates in terms of new color options, new wheels and similar things.
On the inside, most of the things will remain the same. We count on the same layout and dashboard design. On the other hand, we could see some revisions regarding color schemes, materials etc. The overall cabin design will remain the same, so you may count on two spacious rows, with comfortable seats. The cargo area offers around 30.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 60.7 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which is about average for the segment.
2023 Audi Q8 Models Range
Although each version of this mid-size luxury crossover will probably come with some additions to the list of standard equipment, the base offer will remain the same. Therefore, you may count on the standard Q8 55 (which is available in three trim levels), SQ8 and Q8 RS.
Audi Q8 55
This will remain the base version of the SUV. It comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, which puts out around 335 horsepower. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and the overall performance is pretty good. Still, we’ve noticed a pretty big turbo lag, which may bother driving enthusiasts. Still, poor fuel economy is a much bigger issue, as this engine returns around 18 mpg and 23 mpg on the highway, which is way below average ratings for the segment. All-wheel drive is standard, as well as air suspension.
This version is available in three trim levels – Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.
The SQ8 is a ticket to the performance world. This model comes equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which puts out around 500 horsepower and offers pretty respectable power. Besides more power, it comes with many more upgrades, starting from the adjustable air suspension, four-wheel steering, additional drive modes, upgraded brakes etc. On the inside, you may count on upgraded leather seats.
2023 Audi RS Q8
The 2023 Audi RSQ8 will remain at the top of the offer, as the most capable and most expensive version of this SUV. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the engine. It uses the same V8 unit but tuned up to 591 horsepower. Some sources suggest that the max output could be increased to 600 horsepower after the facelift, but the officials are still quiet on this matter.
This model brings further mechanical upgrades in terms of suspension, as well as bigger carbon-ceramic brakes. Furthermore, there is a full load of exclusive styling details, starting from massive 22-inch wheels. Both bumpers feature a more aggressive design, while one of the biggest interior upgrades is a 23-speaker premium audio system.
2023 Audi Q8 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Audi Q8 will arrive in the second half of the year, with a starting price of around 71.000 dollars. The SQ5 should start at around $90.000, while the RS Q8 should go around 117.000 dollars. Key competitors are BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE etc.