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Audi A8 L Refresh Teased Ahead of India Launch

The new A8 L receives cosmetic updates as well as new headlight technology, and is expected to be powered by the same 340hp TFSI petrol engine.

The new Audi A8 L has been teased for the Indian market. Cosmetic changes and more advanced lighting technology will be featured in the refreshed Audi luxury sedan.

  • New Audi A8 gets stylistic changes with a bold mesh-patterned grille
  • To get a more sophisticated headlight technology
  • India launch expected soon

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Exterior Changes to The Audi A8

Instead of the slated design for the grille on the outgoing car, the A8 gets a restyled front end with a wider grille that uses a bolder mesh pattern. The air intakes on the bumper’s edges have been angled slightly to give them a more upright appearance.

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For the first time, Audi is offering the S-Line package in select global markets, which includes distinctive styling elements such as the S8-inspired blade in the side intakes. The pre-facelift model’s optional black and chrome exterior packages have been retained, while four new metallic and five new matte shades have been added.

All new A8 models come standard with Audi’s Digital Matrix LED headlights, which split light into individual pixels using approximately 1.3 million micro-mirrors, similar to a digital projector. This allows the car to emit a “carpet of light” that is only visible in the driver’s lane.

Digital OLED brake lights are now standard, with proximity sensors that activate them when a car approaches a stationary A8 within two meters.

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Interior and Features of The Audi A8 Facelift

The changes are less visible on the inside. Audi claims that the infotainment system has been updated to the latest MIB 3 software. It now has two 10.1-inch infotainment screens in the back, with a tablet in the center armrest controlling them. A cooler with a bar compartment, a fold-out center console table, and a perfume function are among the optional extras.

The updated A8 L comes with a total of 40 driver assistance systems, which are divided into several packages. The “Park” package, for example, includes Audi’s remote park assist, which allows the car to park itself in parallel or bay parking spaces without the need for a driver.

It’s unclear how many of these features will make their way to the Indian market. Given that the updated A8 L will continue to be sold as a CBU, the luxury saloon is likely to receive the majority of the features, at least as optional extras.

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Powertrain Details for The Audi A8 Facelift

The updated A8 L is available with a six-cylinder 3.0-litre diesel or 3.0-litre petrol engine that produces 286hp and 340hp, respectively. A plug-in hybrid with 461 horsepower is also available. The S8 Performance saloon is the top of the line, with a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine producing 570hp. Audi is likely to keep the single 340hp 3.0-litre petrol engine that powered the outgoing car for our market. In India, the carmaker will not be getting a diesel engine.

The current-generation Audi A8 will not have a full-electric variant, with the production version of the Grandsphere concept set to replace it as the company transitions to becoming an electric-only brand by 2033.

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Facelifted Audi A8: Competitors and Price

The new Audi A8 L is expected to arrive in our market in the coming months. It will compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Lexus LS, and BMW 7-Series, whose all-new generation will be unveiled globally on April 20. The current A8 model starts at Rs 1.56 crore (ex-showroom, India), and the new model is expected to be more expensive. The A8 will arrive in India via the CBU route, as it has in the past.

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