Mid-life facelift may even see Maybach rival launched

Audi’s fourth-generation A8 is about to come back in for a spherical of updates, as evidenced by camouflaged prototypes noticed within the wild.

The present A8 arrived for the 2019 mannequin 12 months. This up to date model is anticipated to debut late this 12 months or early subsequent as a 2022 mannequin, although it could be delayed till the 2023 mannequin 12 months.

The A8 is not an enormous vendor for Audi, with the U.S. gross sales determine in 2020 coming in at simply 2,406 items. Even the pre-pandemic whole in 2019 was solely barely higher at 2,963 items. Consequently, Audi is unlikely to take a position huge on main updates for the A8. The prototypes level to new headlights, new internals within the taillights, and revised fascias at each ends.

There are not any pictures exhibiting the inside however we are able to count on some updates right here as nicely. A brand new infotainment system is feasible to match the extra superior programs provided in newer automobiles like the most recent Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Cadillac Escalade, each of which supply giant curved shows.

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

2022 Audi A8 facelift spy pictures – Photograph credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The present powertrain lineup ought to carry over. Within the U.S. this implies V-6, V-8 and W-12 choices, plus a V-6-based plug-in hybrid possibility. Do not search for a battery-electric powertrain to be added, no less than with this technology of the A8.

Comparable updates ought to function on the sporty S8 variant. The present S8 makes 563 hp from a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, and much more efficiency may very well be provided if Audi provides a brand new S8 Plus variant prefer it did with the previous-generation S8.

Talking of variants, Audi in 2019 hinted at a extra luxurious model of the A8 that might probably go up in opposition to the Maybach S-Class and new Rolls-Royce Ghost. There are rumors this flagship variant may use the Horch identify, borrowed from Audi founder August Horch who used the identify for a separate automobile model earlier than he went on to ascertain Audi.

Audi additionally appears to be like to be growing a flagship SUV which will find yourself carrying a Q9 badge. An early tester for the automobile was noticed in March.

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