Audi will debut a near-production concept for its Q8 SUV flagship at the Detroit auto show next month.
The Q8 will compete with the upcoming BMW X7 coupe-styled, full-size SUV.
The concept has the "typical spaciousness of an SUV with elegance of a coupe," Audi said in a statement Dec. 22.
"With the Audi Q8 concept, we have created a new spearhead within our Q model line. Its design strongly evokes sportiness and prestige," Audi's design chief, Marc Lichte, said in the statement.
The concept has a spacious interior with seating for four despite its flat roof line, Audi said.
The car's octagonal single frame grille is considerably wider than the grille on Audi's current production models. Many design elements are reminiscent of the 1980s Ur-quattro, Audi said, including the extremely flat but very wide C pillar and the prominent, flared shoulders above the wheels.