Audi recently unveiled its new luxury sedan — and it should make BMW and Mercedes nervous.
The all-new Audi A8 will support level 3 autonomous driving, meaning the car can handle most scenarios without driver intervention.
The sedan takes a direct shot at BMW’s 7-Series — the German automaker’s luxury sedan that debuted in 2015 and supports autonomous functions like adaptive cruise control. The A8 will also attempt to rival Mercedes S-Class — the world’s best-selling luxury sedan that also comes equipped with self-driving features.
Audi’s luxury sedan has slipped behind the 7-Series and S-Class on global sales, but the automaker will aim to boost its outlook with the tech-savvy A8.
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The Audi A8 is the latest iteration in Audi’s sedan line-up, which includes the A4 and A5. It will begin rolling out in 2018, but it’s not expected to show up in US newsrooms until 2019.
First, some basics. Audi will offer three gasoline, two diesel, and one plug-in hybrid unit for the sedan. The gasoline and diesel options will feature mild hybrid tech to help improve mileage.
The focus on hybrid tech comes in the wake of an emissions scandal that has rocked Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen. You can read more on the different engine options for the A8 here, but all are designed to get over 445 hp.
The A8 will come equipped with radar and ultrasonic sensors, a forward-facing camera, and laser scanner to support level 3 autonomy. Combined, the sensors will allow the A8 to drive in traffic on highways, even at slow speeds (37 mph).