Mid-existence facelift could see Maybach rival launched

Audi’s fourth-era A8 is about to occur in for a round of updates, as evidenced by camouflaged prototypes spotted in the wild.

The present A8 arrived for the 2019 model 12 months. This up to date edition is predicted to debut late this 12 months or early subsequent as a 2022 design.

The A8 isn’t a huge vendor for Audi, with the U.S. profits figure in 2020 coming in at just 2,406 units. Even the pre-pandemic complete in 2019 was only marginally greater at 2,963 models. As a consequence, Audi is not likely to invest huge on major updates for the A8. The prototypes position to new headlights, new internals in the taillights, and revised fascias at both of those finishes.

There are not any shots demonstrating the inside but we can be expecting some updates listed here as nicely. A new infotainment process is attainable to match the a lot more highly developed techniques supplied in newer automobiles like the most current Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Cadillac Escalade, the two of which present large curved shows.

2022 Audi A8 facelift spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Audi A8 facelift spy shots – Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The existing powertrain lineup must have above. In the U.S. this indicates V-6, V-8 and W-12 possibilities, moreover a V-6-dependent plug-in hybrid solution. Do not search for a battery-electric powertrain to be added, at the very least with this generation of the A8.

Similar updates should attribute on the sporty S8 variant. The latest S8 makes 563 hp from a 4.-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, and even extra performance could be made available if Audi provides a new S8 Additionally variant like it did with the previous-technology S8.

Speaking of variants, Audi in 2019 hinted at a additional lavish edition of the A8 that could probably go up against the Maybach S-Course and new Rolls-Royce Ghost. There are rumors this flagship variant could use the Horch name, borrowed from Audi founder August Horch who utilized the title for a independent car manufacturer before he went on to build Audi.

Audi also looks to be creating a flagship SUV that might conclusion up carrying a Q9 badge. An early tester for the vehicle was spotted in March.