Audi to unveil the new-gen A8 on 11 July 2017

Audi to unveil the new-gen A8 on 11 July 2017 New Audi A8 L
author image Nikhil Puthran
Saturday 08 July 2017, 20:01 PM

Audi A8, the most technologically advanced vehicle from the German automaker will finally be officially unveiled on 11 July 2017 in Barcelona. Along with a fully autonomous driving mode, the upcoming vehicle will be available only in a hybrid guise. The vehicle is expected to be powered by a 48-volt electrical system and will get MLB Evo underpinnings.

The new Audi A8 boasts of featuring an electromechanically actuated suspension system which uses a front-mounted camera to analyse the road ahead 18 times per second and then prepares the suspension accordingly. Moreover, the suspension system also assists in event of a crash by lifting the side of impending impact, thereby concentrating impact on the side sills. The vehicle will also get electromechanical rear-axle steering system for better control under all circumstances.

As for features the new Audi A8 will also get a fully autonomous driving mode, which uses Audi's piloted driver technology. The technology is capable of controlling the car at speeds of up to 60kph and also return a better fuel economy. Additionally, the upcoming vehicle will also get gesture controls and the LED headlight technology. The vehicle’s design element is based on the 2014 Audi Prologue concept and might feature a large central grille and geometric headlamps. The car is also expected to sit over 22-inch wheels.

Sometime in 2018, the new Audi A8 is likely to be introduced in Australia. However, reports indicate that as Australian norms require drivers to be in control at all times, the new model might be introduced without the level three autonomous system. Audi however has no plans for an India debut anytime in the near future.

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