Audi has announced the next generation A8 will have a design influenced by the recently unveiled Prologue concept.

So far we have seen the all-new Audi A8 only as a test mule so there was nothing to talk about in terms of design but now Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg says its styling will be derived from the Prologue concept. This decision makes sense since the A8 represents the company's flagship model and according to Audi the front end and interior cabin will have the most similarities with the concept.

The Prologue concept represents Audi's first sight of a new styling language which will also be implemented in the A6 and A7 range, following its debut on the new A8 set to be unveiled late 2016 before going on sale in 2017. Hackenberg promises that chief designer Marc Lichte will come up with a more differentiated styling from one model to another.

Details about the next generation A8 are scarce at this moment but we do know for sure it will be available with an autonomous driving system and will likely go on a significant diet by making more use of high-strength steel, aluminum and composite materials as part of the MLB platform. The W12 engine is expected to live on (with Euro 6 compliance) while lesser engines will include updated V8 and V6 units and also a four-cylinder motor for the base version. A plug-in hybrid derivative is very possible while a pure electric e-tron version could also see the light of production day.

Gallery: Next generation Audi A8 design to be influenced by Prologue concept [new live pics]

Got a tip for us? Email: