2022 Audi A8 facelift unveiled, expected in Australia mid 2022

The German brand’s flagship limousine has undergone a facelift in mid – life. Here’s what’s new.

The fourth generation of the Audi A8 luxury sedan – which was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – has received a facelift in mid-life with a new grille, updated technology and a super-luxury Horch variant for China.

The Audi A8 measures 5190 mm from nose to tail and is a direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class limousine. The new car is 1900 mm wide (excl. Mirrors) and 1470 mm high.

Aesthetically, the car does not differ greatly from the outgoing model. However, it adopts a few minor exterior updates, including a reworked grille and new chrome highlights.

Five engine options are offered: a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 (branded 50 TDI), a 3.0-liter turbo-petrol V6 (55 TFSI) and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo petrol V8 (60 TFSI) , a performance-focused ‘S8’ 4.0-liter twin-turbo petrol V8, and a ’60 TFSI e ‘plug-in hybrid based on a 3.0-liter turbo petrol V6.

In all five variants, the drive is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h.

The 3.0-liter diesel V6 develops 210kW / 600Nm, which makes it possible to complete the 0-100 km / h sprint in 5.9 seconds. The 3.0-liter petrol V6s develop 250 kW / 500 Nm, which makes it possible to complete the sprint at 0-100 km / h in 5.6 seconds.

In standard A8 60 TFSI form, the 4.0-liter V8 develops 338kW / 660Nm, enabling a 0-100 km / h sprint time of 4.4 seconds. When mounted on the performance-focused S8, the upgraded engine delivers 420kW / 800Nm.

The plug-in hybrid variant produces 340kW / 700Nm from its 250kW V6 and a single electric motor, making it possible to complete the 0-100 km / h sprint in 4.9 seconds. An The claim for all-electric driving range has not yet been confirmed, but the outgoing model equipped with the same 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack can cover approximately 45 km between charges.

Inside the leather-covered cabin, infotainment comes via two stacked touch screens mounted on the dashboard (gauge 10.1 inches and 8.6 inches). A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster sits behind the wheel.

The occupants in the back row each have a 10.1-inch digital display attached to the seat in front of them, while the sound is delivered through a 23-speaker, 1920-watt Bang and Olufsen sound system.

The electric seats – which have built-in foot warmers, automatic headrests and a pneumatic massage function with 18 independent cushions – can be trimmed in silver, black, merlot red or cognac leather.

An extensive range of active safety equipment is fitted as standard, while a further 40 driver assistance packages can be selected.

A wide range of alloy wheels is offered, ranging in size between 18 and 21 inches. Charcoal-ceramic brakes can also be selected.

Eleven standard colors are available, as well as a new range of matte shades. These include ‘Daytona gray’, ‘florette silver’, ‘distinct green’, ‘terra gray’ and ‘glacier white.’

A stretched variant of the 2022 Audi A8 – referred to as the A8 L Horch and measuring 5450 mm from nose to tail – has been developed exclusively for the Chinese market and revives a dormant name from Audi’s past. There are currently no plans to offer the model more widely.

That 2022 Audi A8 lluxury sedan will arrive at Australian showrooms in mid-2022, with prices to be announced closer to launch. It is still unknown whether Audi Australia will continue with the dual A8 50 TDI and S8 series currently offered.

In Europe, the entry-level 50 TDI variant will start from € 97,800 ($ AU150,000) before on-road costs.

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