Audi has reiterated its plans to offer a range-topping SUV which will be commercialized with the "Q8" nameplate.

Audi has reiterated its plans to offer a range-topping SUV which will be commercialized with the "Q8" nameplate.

CEO Rupert Stadler told Bloomberg that Audi is "working heavily" on a Q8 model which will be aimed primarily at markets such as United States, China and the Middle East where there's a big desire for large SUVs with a couple-like silhouette. He believes a larger model than the recently introduced second-gen Q7 will strengthen the brand and is convinced the car will be out before the end of the decade.

Let's not forget BMW announced almost a year ago development of an X7 flagship SUV which will be built at the Spartanburg factory in South Carolina. A test mule wearing the body of the next-gen 7-Series was caught on camera by our spy photographers back in October and the model is estimated to hit the market in 2017 or 2018, likely beating Audi to the punch.

Several other high-end SUVs in different sizes will be out until then, such as the Bentley Bentayga, Jaguar F-Pace, Maserati Levante and possibly the Lamborghini Urus, just to name a few.

Note: Audi Crosslane Coupe concept pictured.

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Audi says they are 'working heavily' on the Q8