2025 Audi Q9 Gets Unofficially Revealed as a Flagship SUV Towering Above BMW's X7

Looking back at Audi's journey across the rumor mill, we find that an ever-larger crossover SUV has been rumored to arrive as far back as 2014!
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Back then, the reports were talking about Audi placing its four-ringed badge on the VW up!, and everyone thought they were a bit farfetched. That turned out to be accurate, but sadly, we haven't seen the Q9 SUV either. Sitting at the opposite end of the spectrum, this flagship full-size three-row Audi crossover SUV was deemed almost certain by the German automaker's leadership at the time.

Moving through time, we have seen Audi executives restart the rumors about the Q9 in 2018, but only around 2021 did we start seeing prototypes, thanks to our spy photographer partners. Alas, those failed to materialize even as the engineers did their thing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife and in far corners of Earth where they could find extreme winter or summer weather. Jump to 2023, and the biggest ring to rule them all is still nowhere in sight – at least in the real world.

Meanwhile, the imaginative realm of digital car content creators is busy dreaming of the biggest Audi to walk its wheels around Ingolstadt – the Q9 model that could dwarf even BMW's X7 or the Mercedes-Benz GLS and instead enjoy the attention of behemoth SUVs like the GMC Yukon XL or Cadillac Escalade ESV, for example. The good folks over at the Q Cars channel on YT aim to daze and amaze the audience with a potential styling of their vision for the upcoming Audi Q9 – it's almost like the company designed it, frankly, given the level of subtlety.

So, there's really nothing out of the Audi ordinary, even in CGI – save for the occasional AI software hiccup where the four rings turn into five at the back of the big crossover SUV, probably because the AI assistant stole one from the front! Jokes aside, this would look exactly like a big Audi SUV should – and the channel's resident pixel master didn't shy away from showcasing the unofficial vision for other models in the family, like the A6 and Q7, in other video features. No worries, we have those embedded below, too.

As for the interior of the hypothetical Q9, there are no surprises – it would take a lot from the e-tron models and other big nameplates like the Q7 and A8. Moving on to powertrains, Audi has enough options to satisfy everyone – from meager inline-four turbos to mighty V8s. Logic dictates that Audi should also thread carefully with an electrified version – MHEV for the gas and diesel options, plus at least a mighty PHEV to plug into the heart of sustainable crossover SUVs that weigh as much as an adult elephant. Cool or not?

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About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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