According to the leading German auto magazine and web site Auto Bild, the production of 2021 Audi Q9 certain, and the sales will start in the first few months of 2021. Also, if you check out the article, you’ll see that the RS version will be available as well. Under the hood of the upcoming Audi Q9 will be a powerful engine that will produce more than 600 hp.
The starting price for the European market will be around 80,000€. The long-awaited three-row crossover will be available for the US market as well, with a starting price of approximately $90,000. The release date is the same; the Q9 comes in the first quartal of 2021.
2021 Audi Q9 – What To Expect?
The German company is extending its SUV lineup rapidly. The latest addition to the squad will be the brand-new 2021 Audi Q9. Recently, the Ingolstadt-based carmaker presented the Q8 in Shenzhen as their class-champion and the leading SUV model. At the moment, the company’s CEO Rupert Stadler stated the Audi would develop even larger and even more luxurious vehicle if the customer demand is high enough. To quote Mr. Stadler: “The customers will tell us what they want in the future. Time will tell.” However, things didn’t go very well for Mr. Stadler regarding the diesel emission manipulation scandal.
Now, the acting chairman is board member Abraham Schot, who believes that the Q9 will provide quality, excellent performance, and high-level driver-oriented features and systems. The above mentioned Audi Q8 comes with a starting price of around $84,000 (around 75,000€). However, with the additional packages and special editions, the price might go over $120,000 (116,000€).
Furthermore, the acting chairman stated that the Q8 would get a plug-in hybrid version as well. On top of that, the high-performance RS version is available as well. The German company believes that they can match the vehicles like Range Rover, performance- and price-wise.
Audi’s Future Plans
2021 Audi Q9 is almost ready for the dealerships. When it finally arrives, one of the main competitors of the three-row crossover will be the famous Range Rover. Similarly, we expect a good rivalry between the Audi Q8 and the Range Rover Sport. Although the German carmaker is developing the Q9 as the top of its SUV range, the company doesn’t have plans to build an entry-level SUV that will be smaller than the Q2.
Of course, if Audi tries to create such a vehicle, it will hardly be profitable enough to keep the product fresh for a couple of generations. The Q2 is already good enough for the smaller segment, and besides, there’s a second-generation entry-level A1 as well. So, we will see the brand-new Audi Q9 in the first couple of months of 2021, a vehicle that will challenge the Range Rover and any other high-performance model from the class. We will inform you as soon as we get some fresh news regarding the Q9, such as the design and precise engine information. Hopefully, next time we will have some info about the design, interior configuration, and exact engine specifications.