Audi has reconfirmed its intentions to build the Q8 which is slated to come out within the next three years.

The company's technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg says the forthcoming Q8 will be "more emotional and more sporty" than the Q7 and is set to go up against the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. Audi's range-topping Q model is expected to be more than five meters long and will adopt a high-riding five-door body developed by design boss Marc Lichte.

It will largely be based on the next generation Q7 so it will ride on the MLB platform, with power coming from an array of V6 and V8 gasoline and diesel engines. Audi could also be planning plug-in hybrid and pure electric derivatives to further broaden the model's appeal and compete with the much delayed Tesla Model X.

According to Autocar, the Audi Q8 will have a starting price of £50,000 ($78,300 / €62,800) which will climb to £90,000 ($141,000 / €113,000) for the rumored RS Q8 version set to pack a V8 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine of unspecified output.

Note: Audi Crosslane Coupe concept pictured.

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