Spied: Audi A8 Winter Testing

Spy photographers have caught the new Audi A8 winter testing near the north pole in Sweden.

Set to launch late in 2017, the new A8 will come jam packed with all the new tech and comfort that Audi can fit into it.

With some autonomous capability, alternative drivetrains, and an entirely new user interface all expected the new A8 should be well placed to compete against the S-Class and the BMW 7-Series.

Despite the cammo, we can see that this new A8 stays reasonably true to the Prologue concept. And the looks will matter to Audi, because this is the first car that has been designed from scratch by its new design chief, Marc Lichte.

Thanks to the wide grille, sharp lights, and handsome profile, things are looking good for Lichte and the D5 A8.

Under the hood, the new A8 is expected to pack a fairly familiar lineup of engines in the form of a twin-turbo V6, two iterations of a turbocharged V8, and a twin-turbo W12.

A diesel option is expected in Europe as well as in less diesel-averse nations. Electricity is also expected to turn the wheels at some point, in the shape of a plug-in hybrid driveline, or maybe even an all-electric drivetrain.

All of which sits in Audi’s MLB platform, which lowers the weight of the D5 as compared to the outgoing A8.

This gallery first appeared on fourtitude.com