Audi teases Q8 concept coupe whose styling appears to be inspired by Q7 SUV.  The flagship model that has more aggressive and sporty touches will be revealed in concept form at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2017 and will hit the markets in 2018.

Official design sketches will provide the first glimpse at the new Audi Q8 SUV Concept.

The German brand describes the concept as a near-production study. Marc Lichte, Audi’s chief designer, said that with this concept, they created a new spearhead within their Q model line. The design evokes sportiness and prestige, he said.

The vehicle’s big octagonal grille features a looming black finish with six fang-like chrome strakes while the hood boasts 4 large creases that are borrowed from the latest A5. They also took a hole-punch to its bumper and added a handful of new air intakes below the headlights.

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What’s more, even with the flat roofline, an important aspect of this showcar is that it offers a commodious interior with four equally comfortable seats. The e-tron badge on the lower section of the new Q8’s front bumper points out that it’ll be offered with the same hybrid drive system as the Q7 e-tron.

Should the Q8 e-tron reaches production it comes with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. That engine will be able of producing more than 270hp mated to a 126hp electric motor.

When the Q8 goes on sale, it could cost approximately $98,000.

Its rivals? BMW’s X7 would be a direct competitor, as was as Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation GL series. For more news one the Audi Q8 concept, hold on until January when it’s revealed. For now, admire the design sketches.