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Audi’s first ever Q8 model has been digitally imagined ahead of a 2019 confirmed launch.

Ingolstadt's belated answer to the BMW X6 is currently in the works and is being described by Audi's R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg as a coupe version of the Q7 featuring a more sporty and emotional design. Speaking of which, it will use the new styling language that debuted last year with the Prologue concept so expect to see a sleeker body as depicted in the attached unofficial illustration. As a side note, the first production car to use the Prologue look will be the next generation A8 slated to come out in 2017.

The more sloped roofline of the Audi Q8 means the SUV will have less rear headroom than the Q7 and it will also come with a smaller trunk. It will be more than five meters long and will weigh somewhere in the region of 2,000 kg (4,409 lbs) for the base version.

It will obviously be based on the second generation Q7 from where it will inherit the engine lineup. BMW has the X6 M so we won't be too surprised to see an RS Q8 version packing an upgraded iteration of today's V8 twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine and there could also be a high-powered diesel version with an e-turbo in the same vein as the upcoming Audi SQ7.

It's too early to talk about pricing, but obviously it will be more expensive than the equivalent Q7 which in Germany begins at €60,900 for the entry-level 3.0 TDI variant.

Gallery: 2019 Audi Q8 speculatively rendered

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