It looks like the Ingolstadt company is finally about to enter the full-size SUV segment. So far, Audi didn’t have a model that can compete with full-size SUVs from arch rivals, such as Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7. Furthermore, Volvo is also working on its full-size SUV, so it’s about time to see something similar from Audi. The new model is about to come as the 2022 Audi Q9 if we can trust the latest reports. Of course, we count on a lot of similarities with models from the current lineup.
At this point, we don’t know too many details about exact design characteristics. However, some base things are quite easy to be predicted. That particularly refers to the platform and general mechanics, which should have so many things in common with models like Audi Q8. Of course, we also count on a similar engine lineup. The interior design should look even more upscale, while there should also be even more standard and available tech and convenience features.
If we can trust the latest rumors, the new model should hit the market sometime in the next year.
2022 Audi Q9 Redesign
As we already mentioned, the company still hides most of the details from the public but some aspects of the vehicle are relatively easy to predict. This particularly refers to the platform. We have no doubt that the new 2022 Audi Q9 will share a lot with the rest of the lineup, which indicates it will ride on a well-known MLB platform. This architecture underprints pretty much everything from the VW Group.
Of course, the 2022 Audi Q9 will have most things in common with mid-size SUVs, such as Audi Q7 and Q8, as well as models like Porsche Cayenne, VW Touareg etc. Of course, this model will be notably bigger, but most of the mechanics should be shared.
When it comes to the exterior design, the first thing we should talk about is the size. What we expect to see is a typical full-size SUV, which would feature more than 122 inches in wheelbase and over 200 inches total length. With such a size, there is no doubt that the new 2022 Audi Q9 would be able to accommodate three spacious rows of seats, along with a decently sized cargo area.
When it comes to aesthetics, we expect the new model to stick with Audi’s familiar design approach. In other words, the new model should take a lot of inspiration from siblings like Audi Q8 and Q7. As we are talking about a future flagship model, there no doubt that Audi will also offer a load of unique styling details, which would accentuate its range-topping character.
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Audi Q9 should offer a pretty spacious cabin. With such a long wheelbase, we have no doubt that there will be enough room to install three spacious rows of seats, spacious enough to accommodate adult passengers in each row. The cargo area should also offer some respectable numbers.
When it comes to interior design, we have no doubt that Audi will once again offer a stylish and elegant dashboard design. We count on high-quality materials and excellent build quality. When it comes to aesthetics, we count on a lot of similarities with the Q8. For example, we should see the same dual-touchscreen setup, while a digital instrument cluster will be standard. Naturally, we count on a very long list of standard equipment, which would include all kinds of tech and convenience features.
2022 Audi Q9 Engines
We don’t expect to see surprises under the hood. The 2022 Audi Q9 should rely on familiar engine options, which can be found in other models from the Audi lineup. Therefore, base models will probably come with a familiar 3.0-liter turbo V6, which puts out around 335 horsepower. We presume this engine would come coupled with a 48V mild-hybrid setup.
Without any doubt, the V6 will be capable enough to provide a smooth and convenient ride. For drivers who want more, Audi will offer options with V8 engines. We count on two variants of this engine. The first one would be the SQ9 model, which would feature a max output of 500 horsepower. The RS Q8 will set at the top of the offer, with a max output of 591 horsepower.
All three engine options will come with 8-speed automatic transmission. Some forms of electrification are also expected in the future.
2022 Audi Q9 Release Date and Price
At this point, the officials are still quiet, so we can’t say anything more precise about the launch date. On the other hand, rumors suggest its arrival sometime in the next year. When it comes to the price, we presume that base versions would cost somewhere between 75.000 and 80.000 dollars.