At the moment, the largest SUV in Audi’s stable is the three-row Q7. To be honest, the four-ringed brand hasn’t really needed a larger SUV since the Q7 debuted but, with the arrival of cars like the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Audi’s competition may have forced its hand. Which could be why there are some new spy photos popping up, showing off a new Audi SUV that’s clearly larger than the Q7 and could potentially be an Audi Q9. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
Interestingly, this potential Audi Q9 test mule looks a lot like the Volkswagen Atlas, due to its very boxy proportions. The Atlas is the largest Volkswagen SUV but this car clearly has an Audi grille and badge at the front, so it’s not an Atlas. Still, it looks more like the Volkswagen than it does any other Audi model. Though, it could be wearing fake body panels to throw nosy spy photographers off the scent, as automakers have done so in the past.
Last year, there were reports of a potential Audi Q9 being in the works, so that’s likely what this car is. What’s even more interesting than its Atlas looks is the fact that it seems to be powered by internal combustion. There’s no charge port on the front fender and it seems to actually have a muffler behind its rear bumper. There are no exhaust pipes in the bumper but that’s sort of par for the course with modern Audis.
If this is in fact an Audi Q9, we won’t see it hit the road for at least another couple of years. So to see that it sports an internal combustion engine is not only a bit surprising but also disappointing. We’d like to see Audi start switching its larger, more premium vehicles over to electric. Still, it’s interesting to see Audi taking on some of its newer competitors.
[Source: Car Scoops]