Audi Q9 : New Flagship Crossover expected in 2022

Audi Q9 is expected to get released by the German company as a new product in 2022. It will compete with BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Bentley Bentayga.

The Audi brand belongs to the so-called “German troika”: by the end of 2019, the brand’s dealers sold 740,796 cars in Europe (this is 3.8% more than a year earlier).

For comparison, BMW cars sold 825,035 units during the same period. (+ 0.9%), and Mercedes-Benz cars were found by 906 548 owners (+ 3.3%). Today, at the top of the Audi lineup are the luxurious, roomy Q7 crossover and the sporty Q8. However, the company will likely introduce a new flagship relatively soon.

It is assumed that the new Audi will have to compete for customers with representatives of the “German troika” – BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS and a luxury SUV Bentley Bentayga. The new top SUV is likely to be named Q9. At the start of the year, it was reported that the company had applied for the registration of a corresponding trademark.

There were only rumours about the development of this model (moreover, Audi did not give official confirmation over the past several years). However, foreign media are confident that work on the new flagship is actively pursued. It is assumed that Audi already has test prototypes, and soon the spies will begin to catch them during road tests. More information will appear about the appearance of the future Q9, but even now no one forbids artists to fantasize about how the novelty will look.

So, the designer of the Spanish edition presented his vision of the new flagship Audi. It is expected that it will borrow a lot from the current Q7. Still, at the same time, it will be longer: according to preliminary data, this size from the Q9 will be 5163 mm (that is, it will be more “elongated” in comparison with the Bentayga with an indicator of 5144 mm). It is assumed that there will be several layouts of the cabin – from four captain’s seats to seven seats.

Judging by the render, the model will receive a large branded radiator grille, while the head optics will have a new “filling” and a narrower and “sharper” shape. The front bumper will be revisited with large integrated air intakes in line with the new styling.

Render Audi Q9

The novelty is expected to hit the market in 2022. According to the Spanish edition’s assumptions, under the hood of the Audi Q9, there will be a 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine, with a return of at least 600 hp. Plug-in hybrids are also expected in the lineup – we are talking about versions 55 TFSI e and 60 TFSI e. It is not yet clear whether to expect sports versions of the S and RS.

Note that the current Q7 with a permanent all-wheel-drive system is also presented in the Russian market. “Our” version is equipped with an uncontested 3.0-litre V6 TDI turbo diesel with a capacity of 249 hp. Moreover, if the Europeans are offered a modernized version with a starter-generator, cars with a pre-reform engine are sold in Russia. It is paired with an eight-speed “automatic”. The crossover needs 6.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to “hundreds”.