Audi may also be working on a new Q9.
After more than 20 years on sale, the Audi TT nameplate will be discontinued following the 2020 model year. This is a bit sad because we've always liked the TT and there is no guarantee that Audi will replace it. But there have been some rumors of a TT-styled electric SUV, as well as separate speculation that the TT would morph into a four-door Sportback model. Audi has not confirmed any of these rumors but according to Germany's Auto Bild, a four-door TT successor will act as a replacement for the A3 Sportback and A5 Sportback next year in 2021.
Indeed, it's a rumor that just won't die.
This new TT would reportedly use the same MQB platform used by the current model, not the electric MEB platform as previously rumored. Auto Bild says the design will harken back to the original Audi Quattro and will be priced similarly to the new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.
Powertrain options will reportedly include a range of electrified options and possibly even an electric version using the e-tron nomenclature. Such a model would give Audi ammunition against BMW and Mercedes in the sub-compact segment, replacing both the TT and A3 in the process.
Auto Bild also predicts the imminent reveal of a new Audi SUV called the Q9. The previous speculation claimed that the Q9 could be large SUV-coupe, but that role has now been filled by the Audi Q8. Instead, this new allegation predicts the Q9 will be a large, three-row SUV to compete against the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Audi has never directly competed with the GLS and with BMW now entering this segment with the X7, it makes sense to build an SUV larger than the Q7. Americans love large luxury SUVs, so a new Q9 could be the perfect recipe for Audi to increase its sales numbers here in the United States. Audi already owns the trademark for 'Q9' and a sportier SQ9 and RS Q9 would likely follow.