New Audi Q9 SUV spotted: price, specs and release date

Ryan Hirons
March 09, 2021

A new flagship Audi Q9 SUV is on the horizon to tempt you away from the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS. Read on for details of everything known so far. 

  • Audi Q9 spotted
  • BMW X7 alternative seen testing
  • Will become Audi’s flagship SUV
  • Huge in size
  • Plush interior likely
  • Range of petrol and diesel engines
  • Plug-in hybrid likely
  • On-sale 2022
  • Price upwards of £75,000

Prototypes of the upcoming Audi Q9 have been spotted testing. Likely to be introduced in 2022, this new flagship SUV will be Audi’s answer to the equally massive BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS.

Being Audi’s range-topper, you should expect it to be packed full of technology, high-quality materials and some of the punchiest engines it offers — along with a hefty price tag to match.

2022 Audi Q9 design

Audi’s unmistakable grille is easy to spot on this prototype

Though the finer design details are well masked on these prototypes, there’s no getting around the new Audi Q9’s enormous size. A gargantuan grille, like that on the Q7 and Q8, is easy to spot along with boxy LED tail lights at the back.

Boxy LED taillights are just poking through the heavy camouflage

You might be thinking the alloys on this prototype Q9 are quite small, but you can bet there’ll be much bigger options available once the car goes on sale. Top-spec cars should come with wheels at least 23-inch in size – just like on the RSQ8.

2022 Audi Q9 interior

Expect the Q9 to have a similar tech-filled cabin as the Q8, shown here in RS Q8 spec

Images of the Audi Q9’s interior have yet to surface, but you should expect it to be packed with high quality materials and all sorts of screens.

This will be Audi’s flagship car, so there’s probably going to be a massive infotainment system, digital dials and maybe even middle row captain’s chairs like on the BMW X7. A seven seat configuration could be possible as well.

2022 Audi Q9 engines

A range of petrol and diesel engines will likely be offered at first, before a plug-in hybrid version appears

The new Audi Q9 will share components with the Audi Q7, Q8 and Porsche Cayenne – although stretched to offer even more space inside.

Expect to find similar engines to these cars under the Q9’s vast bonnet, too. Entry-level cars will likely come with a 3.0-litre petrol or diesel V6, while high-spec cars (and future SQ9 or RS Q9 versions) could get a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine.

Watch Mat’s Audi RS Q8 review

A plug-in hybrid version using the same engine as the Porsche Cayanne hybrid is probable too, but don’t expect an all-electric variant anytime soon. If you’re after a posh electric SUV, you’ll have to make do with the Audi e-tron instead.

2022 Audi Q9 price and release date

Expect the Audi Q9 to cost from close to £80,000.

The Audi Q9 could be revealed towards the end of this year or early 2022, and may appear in showrooms sometime before 2023.

It’ll be one of the most expensive Audi SUVs on sale, so get ready to hand over close to £80,000 for an entry-level car.

Don’t want to wait for an Audi Q9 to get your luxury SUV fix? Take a look at the latest Audi deals or see offers on the BMW X7

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