The fourth-gen Audi A8 turned four in July 2021 and is the oldest of the German limousine trio. A facelift is in the works for the luxury limo, and it’s arriving at dealer showrooms later this year. Markus Duesmann, CEO, Audi, has suggested that the new A8 could reach first markets in Q4 2021 (October-December 2021).
“In autumn, it (Audi A8) will undergo a model upgrade for the current generation,” Duesmann said during the Q&A session at the company’s annual press conference this year. German media has been reporting that customer deliveries of the A8 facelift in Europe would begin before the end of 2021.
Audi has been road-testing the 2022 Audi A8 for a few months now. These images, which were sent to ElectricVehicleWeb by the reader who goes by the name audipics_de, show the modest external changes planned for the mid-cycle action. Audi will likely freshen the grille, bumpers, and lights to take this A8 generation to the end of its life.
Audi A8 Horch variant
The 2022 A8 will need to race into showrooms as its chief rival – the Mercedes S Class – has moved on to a high-tech, next-generation version (W223), and the luxury-oriented new Maybach S Class is available in European markets. Audi might be plotting a rival to the Maybach S Class itself with a flagship variant on the 2022 A8, called the Audi A8 ‘Horch.’ The Horch name signifies one of Audi’s predecessor car companies, founded by August Horch.
The A8 Horch will be the pinnacle of the range and is likely to offer the Bentley sourced W12 or, at the very least, a turbocharged V8. There will be no electrification here, at least not in its first generation.
In China, autohome.com.cn has posted spy shots of a new Audi A8 (L) with a sensing device above the rear door handles. This device could be for the digital key feature or passenger identification, as per the report. One of these pictures also reveals a new Singleframe grille with squarish inlets. The report says that this is the Horch Edition (or the Horch variant) that will rival the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
The A8 (L) Horch Edition carries unique bumpers and alloy wheels, and Audi may not offer its Singleframe grille design on other configurations. It could have exclusive comfort and convenience features for the rear-seat passengers.
New Audi A8 Hybrid
The regular variants of the 2022 A8 will continue to offer at least one, if not two, hybrid options. An all-electric A8 has been ruled for the present D5 generation. The current A8 60 TFSI eQuattro PHEV combines a 3.0-liter V6 with a 134 hp electric motor has an all-electric range of 29 miles (46 km). According to European media reports, a larger battery to extend the pure EV range of the luxury sedan is in the offing, considering that Mercedes-Benz has raised the bar here to 100 km with S-Class PHEV. More details about the 2022 A8 hybrid could emerge in the coming weeks.
On the next-gen Audi A8
It looks like Audi is still to freeze the powertrain strategy for the next-generation A8, but that doesn’t mean the nameplate is going away. Asked if there was a possibility of Audi discontinuing its luxury sedan, Duesmann said, “No, not as such. The A8 is an important model for us.” Further, Duesmann said, “For us, the first Artemis model will also be electric in the luxury car (segment), and when it comes to the A8 successor, we will inform you in due time.”
Audi Landjet to claim the A8’s flagship status position
The Audi grandsphere concept from the 2021 Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021) was the first preview of the Audi Landjet EV. A near-production concept could follow in 2023 to maintain the excitement till the production version breaks cover in late 2024, ahead of the projected launch in 2025.
Clearly, Audi officials have denied that the Audi Landjet will be the next-gen A8 or its successor. It’s not an “A or Q” family model, Duesmann told WirtschaftsWoche in January 2021. So, it’s inevitable that the Landjet will slot above the A8 and become the brand’s new flagship low-floor model.
2022 Audi A8 FAQs
What is the release date of the 2022 Audi A8?
The 2022 Audi A8 will be unveiled in the coming months ahead of its market launch in Europe by the end of the year.
What are the rivals to the 2022 Audi A8?
The A8 facelift will rival the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series.
What will be the price of the 2022 Audi A8?
The A8 facelift could have a starting price of 95,000 EUR.