Redesigned Audi A8 To Debut in 2017 | Edmunds

Redesigned Audi A8 To Debut in 2017

INGOLSTADT, Germany — The next-generation Audi A8 flagship luxury sedan will debut in 2017, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said at the automaker's annual meeting on Thursday.

The redesigned A8 will be the brand's first car to feature self-driving technology. With the Traffic Jam Pilot, the A8 will be able to drive itself at speeds of up to 37 mph.

"By 2025, we will see fully automated driving," Stadler said.

Pricing, U.S. launch timing and model-year designation on the new A8 were not announced.

The 2016 A8 is on sale now at Audi dealerships, targeting the BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Audi also is preparing its first all-electric vehicle for a launch in 2018. The vehicle is described as a "sporty SUV" with a range of about 310 miles.

"Starting in 2018, we will launch another electrified car each year," Stadler said.

Edmunds says: Audi is ready to carve a niche for its luxury flagship with the latest self-driving technology. Luxury shoppers making long-range plans may want to wait for the next-generation A8.

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