It looks like Audi is finally ready to hit the big-time in full-size cars. They’ve been holding off on this for a while, but now it looks like they’re finally ready to take the plunge. Everyone’s been talking about it for a while, with Mercedes-Benz’s GLS and BMW’s X7 dominating the segment. Now, it looks like Audi will finally show up with their own model. Reports say it’s coming as the 2025 Audi Q9, so we can expect to see it in the near future.
So far, all we know is that it’s one of the newest Audi models with an internal combustion engine. It’ll be based on the same design and tech as the rest of the company’s models, with the platform and most of the parts coming from smaller siblings. It’s the new flagship in the company’s lineup, so you can expect it to be luxurious and refined.
2025 Audi Q9 Design
This new 2025 Audi Q9 is gonna be a real game-changer! It will be the first time Audi to make a full-sized SUV, and so far, we know it’ll be built on the MLB platform, which is the same as most of their other models. Obviously, there’ll be some changes to the suspension and chassis, and we could even see some more advanced parts than the Q7, which already has air suspension. All we know is that it’ll be super smooth and have AWD, so it’ll be tough to beat out the competition in this class, which includes the GLS, X7, and others.
The first thing that springs to mind is the size of the 2025 Q9 when it comes to its exterior design. Naturally, we expect the Q9 to have typical dimensions for its class. It’s true that most full-size SUVs in the segment have a wheelbase of more than 120 inches, and this model should be no different. Such impressive dimensions will undoubtedly have a positive effect on interior space and comfort. On the styling front, we still don’t know exactly what’s going on.
Some have suggested that the inspiration for new aesthetics could come from the recently launched Q6, while others have suggested it could be from the upcoming all-electric model, the e-Tron. Given Audi’s reputation for being very conservative when it comes to aesthetics, we’re expecting a cautious approach, with many similarities with the smaller siblings. Since this is the flagship SUV we’re talking about, we’ll also be expecting a good deal of exclusive details. These will accentuate the ultimate level of Audi luxury.
The same is true when it comes to interior design, where the smaller models should be the ones to draw inspiration from. We’re talking about dashboard design here, which could also be inspired by a number of design solutions from the new A8 saloon, but in any case, the result would be pretty much the same. We’d be looking at a dashboard that features relatively conservative aesthetics, combined with high-tech features. Such a combination has proven to work well in Audi’s past models, so we’d expect the same from the upcoming full-size SUV, the 2025 Audi Q9.
At present, Audi only offers one of two three-row SUVs, the Q7, and it’s not very generous in the third row. That’s about to change, though. The Q9’s longer wheelbase and larger overall dimensions will make this row adult-friendly, allowing it to comfortably seat up to seven adults. The first two rows will also offer superior comfort, even more so than in the existing mid-size siblings.
2025 Audi Q9 Engine
Given the platform and overall design, we don’t think there’s any other option besides sticking with the familiar powertrain choices. So, base models would have a 3.0 turbo V6 engine that would get a slight boost and make more than 335 horsepower. That’s the same engine that’s in the Q7, Q8, and SQ9. The optional V8 would make slight power upgrades, and the SQ9 would have more than 500 horsepower. The RS Q9, on the other hand, would have to make more than 600 to be competitive. Hybrid models are also possible, and Audi already has a few that would be perfect for this big SUV. They’re plug-in hybrid models with a 3.0 V6 engine that makes 376 and 450 horsepower, respectively.
2025 Audi Q9 Release Date and Price
The 2025 Q9 is expected to hit showrooms in the summer of 2024 or in the fall of 2025. As far as pricing is concerned, we expect the base Q9 to cost roughly the same as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW M-Class. In numerical terms, this would be between $75,000 and $80,000 for the base Q9.