Audio has unveiled its new plug-in electric concept vehicle, the Audi Q8 SUV, at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The Q8 follows Audi’s A3 e-tron as the company’s second plug-in automotive and the retail version is expected to go on sale next year.

The Audi Q8 comes with a 17.9 kWh battery pack which Audi claims can be charged in roughly two and a half hours if you have a high-power outlet. Audi also says the Q8 will provide and electric range of 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) or up to 1,000 kilometers (621.4 miles) when combined with the gas-powered engine. In a real-world scenario, the electric range will likely be somewhere between 30 and 40 kilometers.

The Q8 is roughly 5 meters long, two meters wide and 1.7 meters tall with a three-meter wheelbase; the car also benefits from a virtual cockpit system, heads-up display and multiple touchscreens — located in the front and back, as well as between seats.

As for performance, Audi says:

“The plug-in hybrid combines sporty performance with high efficiency. The combustion engine is a 3.0 TFSI producing 245 kW (333 hp) and a maximum of 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft) of torque. The electric motor generates 100 kW of power and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft). Together with a decoupler, it is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic. The complete system produces 330 kW and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque. The Audi Q8 concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph).”

The Volkswagen Group-owned company hasn’t divulged price details for the Q8, but it’s expected to cost more than the Audi Q7, which started $49,000.

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