One of the Company`s main engineers has recently declared that the Audi needs to expand its SUV lineup with the most luxurious and leading model. It is the new Audi Q9 Crossover Coupe Concept. This new flagship should be the largest model in the Q lineup. It will be even larger than the Q8 which is so far the most expensive and most successful in the segment of full size SUVs. Of course, these two models are expected to share the share the same platform. Therefore could also have similar design. However, German manufacturer will have to come up with some new design cues in order to make to interesting to the costumers.
The new Audi Q9 should receive a modern design with more tech options inside. Perhaps we will see an electric powertrain under the hood as well. However, we have to notice that there is still no official information about the new Q9 model and it could easily stay just an idea. If the company`s plan comes true, its main rivals on the market will be numerous. Those are : BMW X7, Bentley Bentayga, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and Lamborghini Urus etc.
Audi Q9 Crossover Coupe Concept powertrain and performance
There are many speculations about the engine which will power the new Audi Q9. Like we have mentioned earlier, new Audi could easily get a hybrid version since the Company is lately often presenting hybrid units.
Furthermore, the new Q9 SUV could be powered with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with direct injection. This unit will be able to produce 333 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. With this powertrain, Audi will be able to reach 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Its top speed will be 130 mph. As for the fuel consumption, this crossover is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Some rumors said that the brand new Audi could also have a V-8 type of engine under its hood. Moreover, this unit is expected to have an output of 400 horses and even more.
Audi Q9 exterior and interior design
Speaking of the exterior design of the Audi Q9, this model should share the same design cues as the rest of the models in Q lineup. However, new Q9 is expected to look more elegant and futuristic. This five-door crossover will have large wheels and very handsome appearance. The front fascia will look a bit aggressive with narrow and modern LED headlamps. We will also notice massive grille with well-known four circles insignia which will look very attractive.
When it comes to interior, what we can say for sure is that the Q9 model will be in the top of the class. Car maker will use only the best materials and latest tech features in its design. Audi Q9 is expected to be spacious, luxurious and very comfortable. The cabin will probably be able to place seven passengers in three rows of seats. As for the safety, we assume that a rearview camera, lane-keeping assist, forward collision alert and so on will be standard.
Release date and price
According to the rumors Audi Q9 Crossover should be presented in late 2018. As for the price, we believe that it will start at around $55,000.