Audi considering the Q9 super-SUV as new flagship

Article by Christian A., on May 1, 2014

Although the R8 is Audi’s flagship and a standard-bearer for “vorsprung durch technik”, it appears that the German company is considering a new top-of-the-line vehicle. Previous media reports were suggesting the A9, a vehicle that could take on the BMW 9-Series, but it appears that Audi has something else in mind: a Q9 super SUV.

According to Audi Chairman of the Board and CEO, Rupert Stadler, the German company wants to expand its SUV line because by 2020 the Q-models sales will account over 45 percent of sales. If it will receive a green light for production, the Audi Q9 could receive an e-tron version, meaning that the SUV will be greener than ever thanks to the plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

The Audi Q9 will take on SUVs such as the Range Rover Long Wheelbase or the new Bentley based on the EXP 9 F Concept, which will arrive in 2016. Moreover, the Q9 could receive the same modular large platform, dubbed PL38, that will be used by the next-generation Audi Q7.

The upcoming BMW X7 could also be a rival to the Audi Q9. The Q9 could use the 3.0-liter V6 TDI engine that powers the current Q7, but also the bigger 4.2-liter V8 TDI engine used by the Porsche Cayenne or the Volkswagen Touareg.

During the same interview, Rupert Stadler also killed the rumors regarding Audi’s version of the VW Up! city car saying that the company doesn’t need such as car due to the fact that they are satisfied with the A1 sales, 120,000 units.

For any sporty individual, the large Audi Q7 could be the SUV of choice. This high-performance model can be used for sport, business, family, or even leisure. For this model, Audi will be offering the option to choose from three V6 engines and a tiptronic 8-speed transmission. This means that the new Q7 is not only more efficient but is also more powerful. To ensure additional power and higher efficiency, the engine lineup of this model was modified by the brand. Two of these are V6 engines and are both powered by gasoline.

There is also a new offering which the second-generation TDI V6 engine. Rounding off these offerings is the V8 diesel-powered engine. Further, all of these choices will have two technologies mixed to them which is direct fuel injection and forced induction. Then there is the high-performance recovery system which helps recover any energy when braking. This system is included as standard not only in the six-cylinder engines and the eight-cylinder versions.

As mentioned, there are two variants of the V6 supercharged engine offered. The basic version offers 272 hp (200 kW) with peak torque of 295.02 lb.-ft. (400 Nm) and available over a wide engine-speed range beginning with 2,250 rpm and going up to 4,750 rpm. It allows the new Q7 to go from standstill to 62.14 mph (100 km/h) in 7.9 seconds. Maximum speed has been measured to be 137.94 mph (222 km/h) and with the adaptive air suspension can reach 139.81 mph (225 km/h).

For the TFSI 3.0-liter gas engine, Audi revealed that it is a good example of the brand’s downsizing strategy which utilizes supercharging rather than engine displacement. The cylinder blocks have a 90-degree angle and within this, one can see the engine-driven supercharger which compresses all of the intake air. In order to prevent an increase in the air temperature, there is a pair of charge-air intercoolers.

Because of this, the engine takes in more oxygen and benefits the combustion process. Due to the impulsive throttle response and dynamic thrust, along with the sonorous note, the TFSI 3.0-liter engine becomes this high-performance large SUV’s ideal source of power.

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