2018 Audi Q9 Debut News
German automaker Audi is set to launch its largest SUV model so far. It will be sold under the Q9 nameplate, likely to arrive sometime in 2017 as a 2018 model. Following the release of the brand new coupe-like Q8 crossover, the 2018 Audi Q9 is expected to join Audi’s „Q“ range as the new flagship model.
2018 Audi Q9 Features
According to reliable sources, the 2018 Audi Q9 will be be based on a stretched version of VW’s MLB Evo platform that already underpins the latest Q7 SUV. Due to the lack of any prototype pictures, it’s still difficult to draw conclusions about its exterior design. Nevertheless, the Q9 is likely to adopt sharper looks in line with the company’s latest design language. Of course, the interior design is where this luxury SUV is expected to excel. In other words, Audi will try to make it the most comfortable model in the brand’s history. Some of the luxury features to find their place in the all-new model include a power tailgate, a mighty engine paired with a tiptronic transmission and shift pedals as well as quattro all-wheel drive system.
2018 Audi Q9 Competition
The largest Audi will be up against some formidable rivals in the full-size luxury SUV segment. The impressive list of its competitors includes the BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Cadillac Escalade, Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus and Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase. One of the main reasons behind Audi’s decision to launch the Q8 and Q9 models is a growing demand for luxury SUVs, especially in China, the US and the Middle East. According to Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, the company’s goal is expand its portfolio to 60 models in the near future. The 2018 Audi Q9 will definitely be an important part of this ambitious plan.
2018 Audi Q9 Price
As you migh expect, it’s still too early to talk about specific pricing figures. However, some sources suggest that the 2018 Audi Q9 is likely to position itself somewhere in the middle of the pricing range as far as the premium full-size SUV segment is concerned.