An all-new version of the Audi A8 luxury sedan goes on sale late spring 2018 as a 2019 model holding out the promise of more self-driving capability.
From the outside, the 2019 A8 looks similar to the outgoing 2018 model. The grille is wider, the front intakes are bigger, and the headlights are more slender.
All will come with all-wheel drive.
All will come with hybrid powertrains, but there will be choices.
Initially, the 2019 A8 will come to the U.S. with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with a mild-hybrid system expected to aid acceleration and widen the range of Stop/Start operation. More powertrains will follow later, among them a 4.0-liter V8, twin-turbocharged for nearly 450 horsepower.
Two large touchscreens have replaced buttons for secondary controls. The top screen displays the navi, while the bottom screen manages climate controls. The previous interface has been abandoned in favor of touch and swipe controls.
The structure uses the latest materials to reduce weight, among them magnesium, plastic reinforced with carbon fiber, high-strength steel, aluminum.
A highly sophisticated active suspension will adjust damping based on road conditions.
Rear-wheel steering will be available for tighter maneuvering in close quarters that turns the wheels to 5 degrees, twice as far as most systems.
Self-driving will be expanded to Level 3, not yet legal, controlling the car at speeds of up to 37 mph without input from the driver. The system can also park the car.