For a very long time, we’ve been hearing rumors about Audi’s entrance into the full-size segment and it looks like something is finally happening. So far, the Ingolstadt company has been out from full-size crossovers and the Q7 was the flagship model in the lineup. While that model is definitely large and luxurious, key rivals made another step forward and came with full-size models. Of course, we are talking about the Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7. Now, it looks like we are about to see the 2022 Audi Q9, a new player in the game.
At this point, not many details are known. A test model we believe it’s the new Q9 that has been spotted on the road but it still wears a complete camouflage. However, we can easily predict some of the most basic design solutions, such as platform, overall shape, powertrain, interior etc. The officials are still quiet.
Despite the lack of details, many believe that the 2022 Audi Q9 could arrive already in the next year.
2022 Audi Q9 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the company has been hiding details about the 2022 Audi Q9, so we can only speculate. Still, some of the things are quite easy to predict and one of the first things that come to mind is the platform. Of course, this crossover would rely on proven design solutions and we would see it on a well-known MLB architecture. The general design approach would be pretty similar to Q7 and Q8 models, but we would see some upgrades as well.
Of course, the first upgrade that comes is the one in terms of size. We would see a notably stretched wheelbase, which would probably go around 121 inches. Other dimensions would grow up as well.
Exterior Design and Styling
As we said, the first thing that comes to mind is size and this model will feature typical full-size proportions. On the other side, the overall shape shouldn’t be much different compared to the Q7. We count on a pretty similar, wagon-like body, which promises a lot of space and practicality on the inside.
When it comes to the styling, we presume that the 2022 Audi Q9 would be fitted to the brand’s latest design language. We expect most similarities with the Q8, which is the freshest-looking SUV in the lineup. This means a full load of edgy shapes and sharp lines, which would make the crossover look bold and attractive. As we are talking about the future flagship model, there is no doubt that a number of exclusive styling details would come as well. At this point, it’s still early to talk about such details.
Audi knows how to make a great interior design and we have no doubt that the 2022 Audi Q9 will look great from this aspect as well. When it comes to the dashboard, we presume it will look a lot like the new A8, which means that you may count on a combination of classic design solutions and a full load of advanced tech goodies. Typically for Audi, the build quality should be excellent.
Of course, one of the biggest strengths of this cabin will be the amount of space. Without any doubt, three rows of seats will be standard. While the first two rows will be undoubtedly very spacious and comfortable, we don’t expect to see the third row very tight either. The cargo area should offer respectable numbers as well.
2022 Audi Q9 Engines
This aspect definitely won’t bring surprises. We expect to see the 2022 Audi Q9 equipped with familiar units, starting from a good-old 3.0-liter V6, which puts out around 335 horsepower. Of course, higher trim levels will come equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, which will power the RS version as well, in its most powerful variant. That version of the engine should be good for about 600 horsepower.
We also have no doubt that Audi will continue with diesel engines in Europe. Both V6 and V8 units are expected. Finally, we count on electrification. The plug-in hybrid version should be offered in different parts of the world.
Of course, all engines will come in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Audi Q9 Release Date and Price
At this point, the officials are still quiet. On the other side, we are hearing a lot of rumors that the new full-size crossover could arrive already in the next year. The price is also a mystery, but we may presume that the price tag would be pretty similar to rival models. This would mean somewhere between 75.000 and 80.000 dollars for the base model. Speaking of the competition, key rivals will be BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.