The latest addition to Audi’s great lineup will be the new 2018 Audi Q9. We are all witnesses to the company’s impressive expansion in past few years. There is a whole bunch of models around. With the newest crossover, pretty much every segment will be covered. The famous manufacturer will finally get a full-size SUV in its lineup.
After the coupe-like mid-size Q8, it is time for the full-size 2018 Q9. This model will be even bigger and will compete with full-size models from Mercedes and BMW, but with American and Japanese models as well. The new model will be even larger than Q8. For this occasion, the company prepared a new version of the famous MLB platform. Also, there is a new styling, as well as some additional design solutions. Engine lineup should be quite familiar, although we heard some rumors about electric version too.
2018 Audi Q9 design
The 2018 Audi Q9 will be an all-new model. The famous carmaker will finally get a full-size crossover. For this occasion, we will see a special version of familiar MLB architecture, we few tweaks. First of all, expect to see a longer wheelbase, compared to Q7 and Q8 models. This model will be much bigger and even base models will feature three rows of seats. Also, we heard some rumors about chassis tweaks. According to these reports, the new 2018 Audi Q9 will come with some new materials in its body, which will make it harder and capable even for some decent off-road drive.
Inside, we expect to see much more room. With the longer wheelbase, new SUV will be able to carry 7 or 8 passengers with ease. Also, many reports suggest new model will come with a pretty unusual shape, compared to the rest of Audi’s SUV lineup.
2018 Audi Q9 styling and interior design
Just like we mentioned, many experts predict new 2018 Audi Q9 will come with distinctive design solutions. So far, we can find two opposite predictions about the new model. The first ones suggest a more rugged look, compared to, for example, Q7 model. This means a more traditional stance, something that we can see on the Mercedes GLS, which still rides on unibody platform but with an SUV-ish design. On the other side, many believe that new crossover will come in a sporty manner, with an, even more, accentuated coupe-like shape. In both cases, we can expect to see the brand’s familiar design language. In this aspect, some more radical turnarounds are not expected.
Inside, the 2018 Audi Q9 will be more luxurious than its smaller relatives. Besides more features, we are about to see a more elegant layout, like something that we can see in the new A8 sedan.
2018 Audi Q9 engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we don’t expect surprises. The new 2018 Audi Q9 will come with familiar units from VW Group. There are several gasoline and diesel engines in the offer, with a max power that goes in a range between 250 and 330 horsepower. These units will come together with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
We expect to see a familiar diesel SQ7 version as well. This model comes with a 4.0-liter engine that delivers around 435 horsepower.
Finally, we heard some rumors about the hi-performance version, which will have more than 600 horses. Also, there are many reports about the all-electric version, which should come in not so distant future.
2018 Audi Q9 release date and price
The 2018 Audi Q9 could come already in the second half of the year. Some reports suggest a price around 100.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, key rivals will be models like Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7. Also, there are various other full-size SUVs from other manufacturers, such as Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Lexus LX etc.