Published on March 13th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
No New A8 Until It Drives Itself
Despite suggestions that the next-generation Audi A8 was set to launch next year, it has emerged that the reveal has been pushed back to 2017 as the German marque aims to perfect the car’s semi-autonomous driving technologies.
It remains to be seen just how advanced the semi-autonomous tech for the Audi A8 will be but in all likelihood it will be capable of driving itself at speeds of up to 60 km/h while also being capable of finding and parking without driver assistance. It is believed that Audi wants to spend more time developing the electronic architecture for its flagship sedan before announcing yet alone revealing the car.
Elsewhere, we know that the next-generation Audi A8 will be the first production Audi designed entirely from scratch by new head of design Marc Lichte. Much of the car’s design will be drawn from the Audi Prologue Concept unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2014.
Late last year, Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg, stated that the next A6 and A7 Audis will inherit the styling cues featured on the Prologue concept and that the interior of the A8 would more or less mirror what was unveiled in 2014.