Audi to Reveal its Super-Hybrid SUV SQ8 at the North American Auto Show

Audi is set to debut its all-new sporty super-hybrid SUV, the SQ8, in January’s North American Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.

To compete directly with the BMW X6 M, the Audi SQ8 may be inspired by the Q8 Sport Concept, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last March. It featured a 3.0-liter V6 engine for 444 horsepower with a 20 kWh electric motor, resulting in 469 horsepower and 516 pounds-feet of torque. Its 0 to 60 mph time is estimated at 4.7 sec, and a top speed is 171 mph.

On the design front, its more aggressive sport-tuned air suspension complements its squatted, hunched back. Other notables include Quattro all-wheel drive, more aggressive bumpers, and carbon ceramic brake discs. Four-wheel steering Virtual Cockpit gauge display will also come standard on all vehicles.

No word on when the production SQ8 will arrive in dealerships. Pricing, although not yet revealed, is expected to fall in the $100,000 range based on its specifications versus direct competitors.

Autocar UK

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Infiniti to Unveil Its First Electric Model in January 2018

Infiniti is set to debut its first electric model at the North American International Auto Show in January 2018.

Very little details have been revealed so far. According to Autocar, the new concept will be introduced as a new electric-only model on its platform, not one shared by the Nissan Leaf, according to senior VP for global design Alfonso Albaisa. He also alluded to its Prototype 9 electric retro racer concept, which was revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this year, as being a technology influencer, with parts of the car planned for the new concept without specifying what.

Infiniti LE.

No word was given on whether it will be a sedan, an SUV, or a pure performance car (image is of a previous concept).

Also, Infiniti plans to promote synergy with its parent company, Nissan, leveraging its experience to build and refine its electric drivetrain. According to Infiniti head Roland Krueger, “there are lots of engineering competencies we can tap into and utilize.”

Infiniti’s last attempt at an electric vehicle was the 2012 LE, which was based on the Leaf platform with a 100-mile driving range on a single charge on a 134 horsepower electric motor and a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery. This project was scrapped two times in 2013 and 2015 over doubts regarding its potential to sell and overarching sales goals that took priority.

Source: Autocar UK

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