2022 Audi A8 (facelift) gets ready for launch, new PHEV planned?

The 2022 Audi A8 (facelift) has been spotted on test yet again, ahead of its unveil which is expected in the coming months. The company plans for customer deliveries of the new A8 in Europe by end of this year according to German media. These images were sent to ElectricVehicleWeb by the reader who goes by the name audipics_de which show the modest external changes planned for the mid-cycle action. The grille, bumpers and lights will be restyled to take this A8 generation to the end of its life.

2022 Audi A8 facelift rear spied
The 2022 Audi A8 will not see a pure EV version to compete with the BMW i7 or the Mercedes EQS; that is likely reserved for the next-gen D6 iteration. Image: audipics_de

The 2022 A8 needs to reach showrooms quickly as its rival – the Mercedes S Class – has moved on to a high-tech, next generation version (W223), and even the luxury oriented 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 pinnacle of the range, and is likely to offer the Bentley sourced W12, or in the very least a turbocharged V8. There will be no electrification here, at least not in its first generation.

However, the regular variants of the 2022 A8 will continue to offer at least one, if not two, hybrid options. An all electric A8 is ruled for the present D5 generation at least, though the D6 is expected to be announced with only electric and electrified variants. This is inline with Audi’s plan to convert other offerings like the A4 and A6 to pure electric cars by end of this decade.

2022 Audi A8 facelift spied
An Audi A8 Horch variant, to rival the Maybach S Class is reportedly in the formation stage. Image: audipics_de

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), and according to some 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 are expected in the coming weeks.

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 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 is expected to have a starting price of 95,000 EUR.