The Audi Summit in Barcelona is fast approaching, and Ingolstadt is gearing up for the event by releasing fresh teaser images of the new 2018 Audi A8, which will make its world premiere there on July 11.

From the looks of it, the luxury sedan will take plenty of inspiration from 2014’s prologue concept, with prominent bulges above the front and rear wheel arches – meant to highlight the quattro all-wheel drive system – being the highlight of the design.

Below them, a crease along the flanks links the head- and tail lights – the former gets L-shaped LED daytime running lights, plus blue highlights that likely indicate the presence of laser technology first seen on the R8. The tail lights also get a series of L-shaped light guides, plus a light bar that goes across the rear end.

Audi has already revealed snippets of information about the upcoming model, chief of which being the 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain that will come standard on every A8. A belt alternator starter (BAS) recuperates kinetic energy and stores it in a 10 Ah lithium-ion battery, which powers the car’s main electrical system.

The system also enables the car to coast with the engine off at speeds between 55 and 160 km/h for up to 40 seconds, and the start/stop system is able to kick in below 22 km/h. To restart the engine, the BAS revs it up to the ideal speed, before injection and ignition brings the mill back to life. Overall, Audi says that the system reduces fuel consumption on a V6 turbo petrol model by as much as 0.7 km per litre.

Under the skin, the new A8 will make use of a mixed-material Audi Space Frame (ASF) that features aluminium, steel, magnesium and carbon fibre to provide optimum strength and rigidity. It will also utilise a fully-active electromechanical suspension system that adjusts each corner according to road conditions, using a front camera to scan for bumps.

What’s more, the A8 will come with Audi AI technology that will reportedly provide Level 3 autonomous driving, allowing it to drive itself fully at speed of up to 60 km/h, and enabling the driver to focus on other tasks such as reading. This is as long as they are ready to take control if the traffic situation requires human input – they’ll be given between eight and ten seconds’ notice beforehand.

Other new features include remote parking pilot that will apparently be able to conduct more complex manoeuvres – rather than simply moving in and out of a parking spot as its rivals do – as well as a new relaxation rear seat with a foot massage function. Moviegoers will be able to catch a glimpse of the new Audi A8 before the full reveal in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which hits theatres in Malaysia tomorrow.