Partially camouflaged Audi Q8 prototypes have been spotted testing, suggesting that Audi’s flagship SUV may be getting a refresh in the not-too-distant future.
The prototypes have a revised front grille and new fixtures for the headlights. The front apron has also been redesigned and features a more triangular shape for the side inlets compared to the current model. It’s not clear what changes are present at the rear, but a revised design for the taillights is likely.
The design changes are expected to better reflect elements found on the E-Tron electric SUV, which itself was updated last year and renamed the Q8 E-Tron in the process. The Q8 E-Tron is available for the 2023 model year. The updated Q8 is expected to be available for the 2024 model year, meaning a reveal later this year is likely.
It’s not clear what updates, if any, are planned for the powertrains. The current Q8, released in 2018 as a 2019 model, is available in the US with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 in the regular specification and a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in the US sporty versions SQ8 and RS Q8. Diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains are also available in some markets.
With Audi planning to launch its last gas-powered vehicle in 2026, this will likely be the last version of the Q8 to feature gas engines. Later in the decade, expect a redesigned Q8 offered exclusively with electric drive.