With the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and refreshed 2014 Jaguar XJ spurring it on, the four-rings brand will upgrade its own flagship luxury sedan in the form of the 2015 Audi A8. Now, the car itself won’t be presented to the public until September’s Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, and it won’t be arriving in the United States until well after that, but Audi has provided some early details (and photos) to begin the buzz-building process.
This is more of an update than a full-on redesign for the Audi’s range-topping sedan, although the 2015 Audi A8 L does grow more than five inches in terms of both wheelbase and length, and it’s now more than a foot longer than the standard A8.
Both do get some visual enhancements, thanks to sharper sculpting up front that's complemented by new Matrix LED lighting technology. The tech represents another step forward by one of the industry’s illumination experts, although the end result will be familiar to fans of the Ford Mustang. After all, Audi's putting a new spin on sequential turn signals with 25 LEDs per light fixture providing the illusion of motion. Further, by leveraging both GPS data and high-tech sensing devices, the control unit of the 2015 Audi A8 can adjust each one of those LEDs individually to provide optimal lighting based on route topography, the distribution of light from oncoming vehicles, and overall driving conditions.
Other new features offered by the 2015 Audi A8 will include:
- More driver-assistance features, with the addition of an active lane-keeping system, park assist with a 360-degree display, and a head-up display
- An enhanced selection of premium cabin materials, such as fine-grain ash and poplar wood, as well as Unikat leather
- Five more exterior colors, for a total of 12 for the 2015 model year
Naturally, Audi powertrain engineers also have gotten involved in fine-tuning the 2015 Audi A8, and the results are detailed on the following page.