2019 Audi A8 First Look

2019 Audi A8 First Look

German automakers are often reluctant to dramatically overhaul their design languages, but the styling of the new A8 is noticeably different from the previous generation. A wider, hexagonal-shaped grille complements HD Matrix LED headlights with laser technology. Taking cues from the Audi Prologue concept from 2014, the model features slim taillights and a lighting bar extending across the rear.

Last year, a Tesla was involved in a fatal crash when a driver used Autopilot and failed to take control of the vehicle despite numerous warnings—touching the steering wheel for only 25 seconds during 37 minutes of driving. The car collided with a semi truck that pulled out across the highway, which its radar and camera sensors failed to spot.

As far as engines go, the A8 will debut with a turbocharged V6 gasoline engine in a mild hybrid system. A V8 model will follow, as will a plug-in hybrid and a range-topping W12. Expect to see the 2019 Audi A8 in U.S. showrooms in mid- to late 2018 with prices starting around the $100,000 mark.

U.S.-market versions are expected to be powered by a 340-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 or a 460-hp, turbo V-8 — both of which are backed by a light-hybrid system that turns off the engine when coasting and captures kinetic energy when braking. Expected later is an e-tron plug-in hybrid version that can drive up to 31 miles on electric power alone and be optionally, wirelessly charged via a garage charging pad.

2019 Audi A8 First Look

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