Drawn-out reveal nears its end game

The Audi Q8 has been teased once again, this time via a revealing sketch of the new crossover's front end.

As we've seen in earlier spy photos, barely disguised prototypes and teasers, the production version of the Q8 will be very faithful to the 2018 Q8 Concept and Q8 Sport Concept vehicles.

The key differences seem to be restricted to slightly larger headlights, bigger wing mirrors, and proper door handles.

The interior, however, will diverge more dramatically from the concept cars, with a toned down and less avant-garde design. Spy photos from the middle of last year show the Q8 will have a dual-touchscreen setup like the new A6 and A8, which will eliminate most physical buttons from the cabin.

Under the skin, the Q8 will use the Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo component set for front- and all-wheel drive cars with a longitudinal engine. This means the Q8 will be closely related to the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, and the more practical Audi Q7.

Motivation is likely to come form turbocharged V6 and V8 engines, with a plug-in hybrid expected to join the range at some stage down the track.

The Q8 is scheduled to be revealed in Shenzen on June 5, and will be produced at the company's factory in Bratislava, Slovakia.