A prototype of the 2022 Audi Q9 has been spied at the Nürburgring featuring a production-style body.
This particular prototype also has production headlights and tail lights unlike the fake, circular ones that were used on previous prototypes.
The Q9 prototype appears to be quite long and will reportedly offer a third row of seating as well as a large boot.
We don’t yet know what engines will power the Audi Q9, but a plug-in hybrid TFSI e powertrain is expected to make its way into the production version.
Thus far Australia has missed out on the 55 TFSI e and 60 TSFI plug-in hybrids available on the Q7 and Q8 in other markets, which mate an electric motor and 17.8kWh lithium-ion battery to a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 and offer 45-47km of electric range.
According to our spy photographers, the camouflage used on the Q9 prototype isn’t what would normally be used on European prototypes.
Instead, the prototype has a similar kind of camouflage to that used on Audi prototypes in China.
This could indicate that the Chinese division of Audi is heading the development of the Q9 and could see it become a Chinese-market only model just like the Q5 E-Tron.
This hasn’t been confirmed though, and the Audi Q9 could also make its way to other markets later on.
It seems unlikely Audi would make a large, three-row SUV a Chinese exclusive, considering the potential demand in markets like North America and the Middle East.
It’s predicted the Audi Q9 will be revealed at some point in 2022.
The Grandsphere uses a 120kWh battery and a dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain with 530kW of power and 960Km of torque.
Range is a claimed 750km on the stricter WLTP standard. The e-tron GT, in comparison, offers up to 488km of range.
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