Fresh details have emerged about the next generation Audi A8 scheduled to go on sale in 2017.
We already know the flagship sedan from Ingolstadt is getting a semi-autonomous driving system and a Prologue concept-inspired design, but now Auto Express says some other goodies are on the way as the all-new A8 is bound to receive OLED technology for the interior cabin screens which will also benefit from gesture control support. Audi's head of electronics Ricky Hudi says the company is working on the integration of OLEDs and chances are sooner or later these will be implemented in the lighting clusters as well.
The company's board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg has confirmed the new A8 will make use of electric turbochargers, but we don't know which of the engines will receive this treatment. A report issued last month by German media stated there's going to be a new V6 turbodiesel with 286 PS (210 kW) and 620 Nm (458 lb-ft) of torque while the W12 engine will be downsized from 6.3 to 6.0 liters, with output to stand at 585 PS (430 kW) and 800 Nm (591 lb-ft). The hotter S8 will continue with a twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter, but it will be tweaked to churn 580 PS (472 kW) and 800 Nm (591 lb-ft).
Switching to a new platform will allow Audi's engineers to shave off as much as 200 kg (441 lbs) from the A8's weight and there are some rumors about more frugal versions using a plug-in hybrid setup or a pure electric powertrain.
Expect the overhauled Audi A8 to hit dealerships in the first half of 2017.