Luxury meets tomorrow's technology with the 2019 Audi A8

The new A8 is the first production automobile developed specially for Level 3 automated driving

We have details on the fourth generation Audi A8 that is to be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show this December 2017. The all-new A8 promises to deliver a serene interior design, usable technology that seamlessly connects drivers and passengers to their digital lives, and driver assistance technologies that allow everyone to arrive more relaxed and safe.

The front of the 2019 Audi A8 keeps the broad, upright singleframe grille, flanked by HD Matrix LED headlights. The flat roof dome offers the sedan a sporty touch, while stretched lines highlight its length and luxury presence. The upright front end combined with the gently sloped rear creates visual interest, with the wheel arches calling attention to the standard quattro all-wheel drive. Rear lights, featuring OLED technology, create a powerful lighting signature that is distinctly Audi.

On the inside, there is a 10.1-inch touchscreen display that, when turned off, blends almost invisibly into the high-gloss black surround. Rear-seat passengers experience advancements through a host of relaxation and comfort features, from available, fully customizable Matrix LED reading lights, allowing the customer to direct overhead lighting where it’s needed most, to reclining and multi-setting heated massage seating. Further enhancing the rear-passenger experience are electrically height-adjustable comfort head restraints, footrests, a long center heated console and arm rests, four-zone automatic air conditioning, the rear seat entertainment system comprising of two Audi tablets, and a detachable rear seat remote. Stored in the center console, this smartphone-sized OLED touch control remote allows passengers to conveniently customize their seating and infotainment preferences.

The body of the 2019 A8 consists of 58 percent aluminum parts paired with hot form-steel and ultra-high strength carbon fiber reinforced polymer components, creating a dramatically stronger body in white over the outgoing model. Launching with a new 3.0-liter V6 turbo engine, the A8 powertrain is paired with a standard new 48-volt electric mild-hybrid drivetrain. This 10Ah lithium-ion battery and new beltdriven alternator starter (BAS) has been engineered to support the TFSI engine and functions as the main vehicle electrical system enabling the advanced infotainment and luxury equipment including the driver assistance systems and electromechanical suspension in the A8.

The state-of-the-art Audi driver assistance platform takes a step forward with an advanced intersection assist, helping to reduce the possibility of a collision with crossing traffic through early detection and emergency braking as well as maneuver assist with curb warning. In addition to driver assistance systems, the A8 debuts an intelligent approach to parking assistance with the Audi AI park pilot and the Audi AI garage pilot. These systems offer convenience for the otherwise tedious task of parking by maneuvering, accelerating and braking the A8 on behalf of the driver into and out of tight parallel or perpendicular parking spaces. The final component of the Audi suite of assistance technologies is conditional automated driving. The new A8 is the first production automobile developed specially for Level 3 automated driving. In A8 models equipped with Audi AI traffic jam pilot, the feature takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 60 kph on freeways and highways where a physical barrier separates the directional traffic. The system is activated using the AI button on the center console.

Set for worldwide markets by 2019, pricing and availability is to be announced by late 2018.