Audi’s already impressive lineup of the premium and performance SUVs might be expanded further soon as the recent reports suggest. The Ingolstadt-based brand launched recently the all-new, flag-ship Q8 SUV and while this model is still in focus of the public, the brand is allegedly considering a new even larger and more luxurious, top-of-the-line SUV version. The stylish and performance Q8 is considered as the rival to the Range Rover Sport but the new model should have the Range Rover at sight. Audi hasn’t yet confirmed the arrival of the new flagship SUV but admitted that the new version is under consideration. Some reports indicate that the new model could arrive as the 2020 Audi Q9 sometime in 2020 or be marketed as the 2021 version.
Audi hasn’t said anything about the design of the new model but it is expected to overshadow the Q8 in size and level of luxury. The model should use the same platform and design language as the Q8 and powertrain range is also expected to provide several options including the electrified setup. While Audi conformed that Q9 is under consideration, the brand doesn’t intend to launch smaller than Q2 entry-level model in the near future.
2020 Audi Q9: Design
If the 2020 Audi Q9 gets the green light for the production the model should be based on the same platform as the Q8 and apply the same design language as the brand’s current flagship SUV.
The Audi Q9 will use the stretched version of the VW’s MLB platform which is also the base of the Q8 but also models like the Porsche Cayenne, Lamborghini Urus as well as Audi’s recently refreshed Q7 SUV. The modern, lightweight platform provides improved efficiency compared to older designs allowing also the application of the newest electronic systems including the electrified powertrains.
As for the visual perspective, the new 2020 Audi Q9 SUV should use the same design language as the most recent Q8 model. The Q8 is actually the first Audi with the new design philosophy under the pen of Marc Lichte and the Q9 should be the next in the line.
So, the model will likely use the recently introduced octagonal shape grille with both vertical and horizontal slats. Similar body lines as on the Q8 should also appear on the new flagship SUV but there are opposite reports about the model’s roofline. Some sources suggest another coupe-like model in the brand’s range but some indicate conventional profile. The model will also get full-laser headlights and taillights if it appears as expected.
It’s not clear yet how much bigger the Audi Q9 could be than the Q8 which stretches 196.3 inches in length and 78.5 inches in width. The supposed direct rival of the Q9 Range Rover is similarly sized as the Q8 and has an even shorter wheelbase.
In any case, the Q9 will provide abundant passenger and cargo room combined with the top-notch comfort and tech features. There shouldn’t be big surprises regarding the model’s dash design and available equipment. The model will use Audi’s new MMI system with available digital cockpit design. There will be premium materials and different trim patterns including heated seats, automatic climate control, a sunroof, and other standard equipment. The standard equipment list will also include the newest generation of active safety systems.
2020 Audi Q9: Powertrains
Powering the 2020 Audi Q9 will likely be some of the options adopted from the current brand’s powertrain range.
The model should use a mild-hybrid system from the Q8 which combines a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission and 48-volt mild-hybrid unit for the total output of 335 hp. The Q8 should also get the plug-in hybrid version and the high-performance RS model is also expected which could be the case with the Q9 version as well. The mighty 4.0-liter bi-turbo diesel and the mild-hybrid system already employed in the SQ8 might find the application in the new Q9 but for the markets outside the US.
2020 Audi Q9: Release Date and Price
More details should appear soon about Audi’s new flagship SUV. The model is more likely for the 2021 model year launch than the 2020 Audi Q9. (According to the Motor1 it will be released in the last quoter of 2020.) The price of the model could have a starting point around $90, 000 and exceed $100, 000 with just a few additional features.