Audi is preparing an all-new SUV that will serve as a top-of-the-line model in the catalogue. This SUV will probably be the big brother of the Q7 and will be named Q9, which will then rival the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS. The German magazine Auto Bild says that the Q9 will arrive at the end of the year.
BMW has its X7, Mercedes its GLS and it has even been rumored that Volvo is working on a larger SUV that could be named the XC100. In the US and Chinese markets, having an XXL SUV as a competitor to the Cadillac Escalade or the Lincoln Navigator is still the highest fashion.
In the spy photos, we see the upcoming Audi Q9. At the moment, it is difficult to discern any shapes, the car is actually dressed as a Volkswagen Atlas which is the largest car the group manufactures on the flexible MQB platform. However, the Q9 will probably be built on the longer MLB Evo platform, just as the smaller SUV Q7 does.
The large Volkswagen Atlas is sold in the USA and acts as an example for the upcoming Audi Q9.
Atlas is sold in the US, as well as in China under the name Teramont, but Q9 will probably also be offered in Europe to compete with the other German giant SUVs.
Even if the body is someone else’s, there are some Audi details if you sharpen your gaze. The grille here looks bigger than with the Volkswagen Atlas and the headlights still look like prototypes. The rear lights, on the other hand, look to have a certain Audi look.
That the big SUV debuts as a charging hybrid are highly probable, the driveline may be picked straight off from the Q7, which would mean the V6 of three liters supported by an electric motor – a Q9 55 TFSI e. Another alternative is the larger V8: on four liters with electric support, a Q9 60 TFSI e.
The launch will take place in one year at the earliest, but probably in the latter part of 2022.