Audi is filling just about every niche segment at the moment, so why not add a stylish crossover coupe?
With demand for SUVs showing no signs of slowing down, no one was surprised when Audi announced plans to further expand its Q SUV range with the luxurious Q8 and the sporty compact Q4; the former arriving next year and the latter coming in 2019. With the automaker now covering just about every segment imaginable, you wouldn’t think there would be room for another SUV in Audi’s expanding line-up. Audi has yet to add a Q1 or Q6 to the range however, so we suspect it will find more unoccupied niche segments to fill in the future.
Hungarian designer X-Tomi reckons Audi needs to make a classy crossover coupe that’s more radical than the Q8. X-Tomi’s design render shows what a potential Audi Q9 concept could look like, taking the form of a large and futuristic five-door SUV with a sloping roofline, narrow LED headlights and extended wheel arches housing huge multi-spoke wheels. It’s an undeniably stylish, yet unusual design compared to some of the subdued shapes in the Q range that wouldn't look out of place in Audi's line-up as a flagship model. Theoretically, it could use the same platform as the Q8 but for now the Q9 will probably remain a fictional design concept until Audi decides to use up more numbers in the Q range.
Arriving next year, the Q8 “combines great spaciousness with emotive design” and offers “the latest technologies in assistance and infotainment systems.” It’s roughly the same size as the Q7, but the premium SUV will reportedly set you back around $100,000, making it one of the most expensive models in Audi’s lineup.