Upcoming 2023 Audi Q9: spy shots

Rory White

01 Nov 2021

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Audi is testing a huge seven-seat SUV that's likely to be called the Q9. Here are the latest spy shots, plus everything we know so far.

> New Audi Q9 seen testing

> BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS rival from Audi

> Petrol and PHEV models expected

> Likely to be sold in China only initially


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2023 Audi Q9: what is it?


It's going to be the largest model Audi makes – a huge SUV that'll likely seat seven people and rival other premium large SUVs like the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS.


We can see a gaping Audi grille and similar 'face' to that of the Audi Q7 hiding beneath this test mule's camouflage. Early mules had the body of a VW Atlas, but now they're wearing what's like to be the final article.


Inside we can expect the Q9's interior to be similar to the one in the Q8. That means a very high-quality cabin with a touchscreen infotainment system, but six or seven seats depending on which configuration you go for.


It's likely the Q9 will be sold in China first, but could come to the rest of the world later.


2023 Audi Q9: what is it powered by?


Audi is yet to confirm which engines will power the Q9, but we expect petrol, diesel and petrol PHEVs to feature.


Entry-level models will likely get a 3.0-litre V6 petrol or diesel, while sportier SQ9 or RS Q9 models might get Audi's twin-turbo V8 petrol.


The PHEV is likely to be a 3.0-litre V6 petrol and battery and motor capable of up to 50 miles of electric driving on a full charge.


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2023 Audi Q9: when will it be on sale?


There are no confirmed dates for the Q9 going on sale, but we expect it to be revealed in late 2022 and go on sale in China in 2023. The rest of the world may follow by the end of next year.


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2023 Audi Q9: how much will it cost?


It's far too early to know how much the Q9 will cost, but we reckon it'll be one of Audi's priciest models when it goes on sale.


Expect an £80,000 price tag for entry-level models, but a price of well beyond £100,000 for models at the upper end of the range.


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