2018 Audi A8 is gearing up to take on BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class with cutting edge technology; to be unveiled next month
German luxury car manufacturer Audi is preparing to unveil the new generation Audi A8 flagship sedan. The most interesting feature of this premium luxury sedan is going to be the self-driving technology along with the hybrid powertrain that will give it an edge over the rivals like BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Scheduled to be unveiled in July this year, the all-new Audi A8 will get a 48 volt electrical system across all the variants. It will come coupled with the mild hybrid energy storage system that will be powered by a lithium ion battery pack capable of generating power for up to 40 seconds of running silently on full electrical mode. Also, this will enable the large sedan to run at speeds between 55 kmph and 160 kmph.
Audi also claims that the mild hybrid technology will ensure smoother running for the sedan as well as instant response once the start/stop system pauses the internal combustion engine. This way, the powertrain will be able to save precious fuel as well as reduce emission also. This technology is claimed to be saving around 0.7-litre fuel per 100 kilometers.
Interestingly, Audi is also working on a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will enable the car to run longer range on all-electric mode. Speaking about the combustion engines, the new generation Audi A8 would come with range of six, eight and 12 cylinder motors. Apart from the mild-hybrid technology, there will be ‘Level 3’ self-driving technology as well.
With the autonomous driving technology incorporated, the all-new Audi A8 sedan will be able to drive on its own. However, the ultimate control of the car will remain in hands of the driver. For this technology, the car will be equipped with an array of cameras and sensors fitted across the body. Interestingly, last year the German brand partnered with tech giant NVIDIA to develop self-driving technology for its new generation cars.
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