Mid-life facelift might 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 yr. This up to date model is predicted to debut late this yr or early subsequent as a 2022 mannequin, although it could be delayed till the 2023 mannequin yr.

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 complete in 2019 was solely barely higher at 2,963 items. Because of this, Audi is unlikely to speculate massive 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 no pictures exhibiting the inside however we will anticipate some updates right here as nicely. A brand new infotainment system is feasible to match the extra superior methods supplied in newer automobiles like the most recent Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Cadillac Escalade, each of which provide massive 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 option. Do not search for a battery-electric powertrain to be added, at least with this generation of the A8.

Related updates ought to function on the sporty S8 variant. The current S8 makes 563 hp from a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, and much more efficiency may very well be supplied 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 more luxurious version of the A8 that would presumably go up towards the Maybach S-Class and new Rolls-Royce Ghost. There are rumors this flagship variant could use the Horch name, borrowed from Audi founder August Horch who used the title for a separate automobile model earlier than he went on to determine Audi.

Audi additionally appears to be creating a flagship SUV which will find yourself carrying a Q9 badge. An early tester for the car was spotted in March.

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