New Audi Q8 55 e-tron confirmed for Australia

Audi Australia has confirmed the 2024 Q8 55 e-tron and its Sportback sibling are headed down under, and is due to be unveiled in the final quarter of this year. It’s set to be priced from $153,900 plus on-roads, with a special Launch Edition also available.

The Q8 55 e-tron replaces the Audi e-tron SUV, its new model designation signifying its position as the flagship SUV within the car maker’s electric portfolio. The model boasts an optimised drive, improved aerodynamics, and higher charging performance.

A refreshed exterior includes a shift to a three-dimensional front design, with a newly structured Singleframe mask extending beneath the headlights. This, in combination with the newly designed underride guard, makes the front appear wider and more SUV-like.

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Travel down the vehicle’s face and new air curtains based off a jet nozzle design optimise airflow, while new wheel spoilers on the underfloor (SUV front only, Sportback front and rear) ensure streamlined airflow around the wheels.

Optional virtual side mirrors assist in reduced aerodynamic drag, while even the standard-equipped Q8 e-tron features streamlined weather strip mirrors, both power-adjustable, heated and power-folding, auto-dimming, with a memory feature.

A fully clad underfloor with bowl-shaped recesses or ‘dimples’, like that of a golf ball, allow the air to flow better than over a flat surface, contributing to the aerodynamic attributes of the vehicle. It also features adaptive air suspension and quattro drive.

In keeping with its flagship position within Audi’s electrified portfolio, the Q8 e-tron features a sophisticated and luxurious interior. Highlights include a comfort pre-air conditioning system and two-zone climate control (four-zone in the Sportback).

Ambient interior lighting and leather appointed upholstery and interior elements are also included. Sportback occupants are treated to sports front seats, as well as seat heating, while the rear seat includes a rear centre armrest with cup holders.

At 569-litres (528 in the Sportback), the luggage compartment volume is also generous, while there is also a further 62-litres of storage in the front luggage compartment or ‘frunk’.

On the road, the Q8 55 e-tron sports electric all-wheel drive with one asynchronous machine each on the front and rear axle, controlled damping, and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system with seven drive modes.

These include offroad, allroad, auto, efficiency, dynamic, individual, and comfort. This combination of versatile suspension, a low centre of gravity and powerful electric motor offers optimum traction, outstanding dynamics, and superior stability.

Promising a delightful experience behind the wheel, the Audi Q8 55 e-tron has boost output of 300kW of power and 664Nm of torque, and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.6 seconds (limited to a top speed of 200km/h).

The Audi Q8 e-tron offers an extensive range of infotainment and connectivity features, including MMI (Multimedia Interface) navigation plus with a 10.1-inch touch/haptic screen for infotainment, and an 8.6-inch touch/haptic screen for vehicle functions.

A virtual cockpit with 12.3-inch high resolution screen provides the instrument cluster. Audi connect features as standard, as does Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay. Connectivity is further supported by wireless charging and two USB ports front and rear.

The Q8 55 e-tron also includes approximately forty driver assistance systems, including parking sensors, 360-degree camera with kerb view, traffic jam assist, head-up display, lane departure warning, lane change warning (side assist) and rear cross-traffic assist.

Intersection assist, autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, collision avoidance assist, turn assist, exit warning, hold assist, tyre pressure loss indicator, and of course, Audi drive select, also feature.

The Q8 55 e-tron has a new 114kWh battery with expanded capacity thanks to advanced cell technology and new cell chemistry. This allows for charging to 80 per cent on a DC fast charger in just 31 minutes. It’s range is 454km.

Audi Australia is also offering all e-tron vehicles – including this one – a 6-year subscription to the Chargefox public charging network. It also comes with a 6-year scheduled servicing and roadside assistance package and a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

The arrival of the Audi Q8 e-tron will also be marked with a Launch Edition that features S line exterior styling, with larger 21-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels in metallic black, a black exterior styling package with Audi rings, mirror caps, and roof rails in black.

Interior changes include an S line steering wheel with grips in perforated leather with contrasting stitching, S sport front seats with integrated head restraints in Valcona leather upholstery and diamond patterned stitching, and pedals in stainless steel.

Also included in the Launch Edition is electric steering wheel adjustment and coloured interior ambient lighting. Priced from $165,900 plus on-roads, the Launch Edition represents exceptional value.

For further information, contact your local Audi dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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