Audi is working on a full-size SUV that would slot above the Audi Q7 – the Audi Q9. The Audi Q9 would arrive in 2022 as the long-awaited four-ringed Mercedes GLS rival and go against even the BMW X7 and the Range Rover, German media reports claim.
A rendering from motor.es suggests that the Audi Q9 would feature a familiar design. It shows an enlarged Audi Q7 with a shorter radiator grille, taller lower air intake and Audi Q4 e-tron-inspired slim headlamps. Only time will tell how much truth there is to this illustration, but don’t expect anything out of the ordinary in the design department.
Expect an air of familiarity in the cabin with inspiration coming from new EVs like the Q4 e-tron, but in the traditional layout. Three rows of seats in a standard 2+3+2 layout and an optional 2+2+2 layout are likely to be offered in the Audi Q9. The larger dimensions and the heavier load of extra passengers in the third-row would require Audi to focus strongly on electrification to keep the emissions and fuel consumption in check.
A plug-in hybrid is expected in the Audi Q9 with TFSI e powertrains. Whether the engine of the powertrains would be a 3.0-liter V6 gasoline unit like in the Audi Q7’s 55 TFSI e and 60 TFSI e powertrains or a bigger, 4.0-liter V8 gasoline unit remains to be seen. Audi could be targeting an EV-only range of 50 km from the plug-in hybrid variant.
The U.S. launch of the Audi Q9 TFSI e full-size plug-in hybrid electric SUV could take place in 2022 and could be priced from about $90,000. The current Land Rover Range Rover PHEV costs $97,000 onwards.
Audi Q9 unrelated to the Artemis Project
The Audi Artemis project, which is now an independent company, is working on vehicles including the Audi Landjet. Markus Duesmann, CEO of Audi, has confirmed that the car emerging from Artemis is neither an A nor a Q series model, therefore unrelated to the Audi Q9.
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