According to insider sources, Audi’s largest SUV might make its first public appearance sometime in 2017. As it has been speculated, the brand new model will go on sale under the Q9 moniker. The German automaker’s decision to expand its SUV lineup with an all-new product isn’t that surprising after all. It seems that global markets are currently hungry for high-riding full-size crossovers. That said, expect the 2018 Audi Q9 to become a strong competitor in the full-size luxury SUV segment.
Unfortunately, detailed reports on the upcoming Q9 have yet to surface. According to available information, it will ride on an extended version of the company’s MLB Evo platform. The same underpinnings are currently used by the Q7 SUV. Design-wise, expect the 2018 Audi Q9 to adopt the company’s latest design philosophy. That means it should feature a sharp-looking sheet metal influenced by Audi’s recent Prologue concept. Of course, the flagship Q9 will sport a number of unique styling cues that differentiate it from the rest of Audi’s Q-models.
2018 Audi Q9 Interior
When it comes to the Audi Q9 interior, expect the upcoming model to define a new level of luxury. Exact details are still unavailable but its cabin will boast a number of high-end features that haven’t been seen before. Expect also the 2018 Audi Q9 to offer the class-leading cargo space as well as such features as power tailgate. As for the engine department, it is most likely to use a high-output unit mated to a tiptronic transmission. Some of the optional features will include steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Quattro all-wheel drive system.
Audi Q9 Price
We can only speculate about the 2018 Q9 price tag. Some sources suggest that it should be priced somewhere in the middle of the full-size luxury SUV range. Now, the list of its competitors seems to be growing by the day. Some of the well-established names include the likes of Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase and Cadillac Escalade. However, the recently introduced Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus will also come as formidable rivals. If you add the upcoming 2019 BMW X7 to the mix, the all-new Q9 will be up against some serious competition.