The Audi Q7 is currently the largest SUV Audi has in the range, but it doesn’t look like it will stay that way for long. The larger SUV of the brand can apparently be seen on a new set of spy panels. Perhaps the Q9 that has been speculated for years.
At 5.05 meters long, the Audi Q7 is the largest SUV on Audi’s list, and one that should tolerate the second 5-meter Q8 above in the Audi hierarchy. It will seem that these two SUVs will soon have a model completely above them in terms of size. Audi has started testing what appears to be a larger model, and it’s the car we’ll refer to in this article as the Q9. Already in 2013, the first rumors about a possible arrival of the Q9 appeared when it turned out that Audi had registered this model name.
We are expressly writing that the Q9 in these photos will be positioned purely above the Q7 and Q8 in terms of size. The question is whether the car will actually fit above that SUV. The new SUV clearly features an Audi face, with a large grille and angular front bumper decorated with large cooling vents. The final headlights are still missing, but Audi is actually signature lighting units at the rear. However, the bodywork shows great similarities to the Volkswagen Atlas, the SUV known in China as the Teramont. Both the window line and wheel arches design for this concept car appear to match those on the Atlas. Although Atlas and Teramont are larger than the Tuareg, in the United States and China they are less than a step on the status ladder than the Touareg. Touaregs, such as the Audi Q7 and Q8, Porsche Cayenne and Bentley Bentayga, use Audi’s MLBevo platform, while Atlas is based on the MQB.
So it is very likely that the Audi Q9 shown in these photos will become an extended version of Atlas, a car that can only be marketed in China. The camouflage work in which the pictorial test specimen is covered has a different pattern from the stickers with which Audi usually tries to protect the design of newcomers from the outside world, although this does not necessarily mean anything. There are also “coupe versions” of the Atlas, Teramont, Atlas Cross Sport and Teramont X respectively, so it looks like it is possible to expand further SUVs in Audi.
Of course there is another possibility. The test specimen captured may be a so-called mule and that Audi is using the Volkswagen Teramont body to completely hide the technology of a new model. If the Q9 nevertheless became a car placed above the Q7 and Q8, it would be a car Audi would respond to cars like Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7. For the time being, the newcomer from Audi anyway is still shrouded in dense fog.