Update: Audi didn’t reveal a Q9 concept in the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. Instead, it showed off the Audi Prologue Concept, which is widely believed to be a precursor to the Audi A9 — a two-door version of Audi’s full-size A8 sedan. As for the Q9, all we can say is stay tuned.
Not that long ago, Audi finally decided to jump into the full-size crossover segment with a new Q9 CUV. And in just a couple of short months, a concept vehicle previewing the production model could revealed at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
According to initial reports (and a healthy dose of speculation), the Audi Q9 will ride on a stretched version of the new MLB Evo platform that will underpin all next-generation Audis starting with the A4 and Q5, all the way up to the A8 and Q9.
From a competitive perspective, the full-size Q9 could be a big success for Audi, targeting a growing field rivals including segment leader Mercedes-Benz GL, along with the upcoming BMW X7 plus a future full-size crossover entry from Cadillac. And though Audi has been considering a full-size crossover for quite some time, the automaker filed a patent for the Q9 name late last year.
No price or production schedule has been confirmed, but the Q9 will likely hit the market sometime in 2017.