Audi is preparing the launch of its newest and largest SUV – Q8. The carmaker obtained rights for the entire Q1-Q9 lineup. So, there is one spot above the upcoming model and fans already started with speculations about even bigger SUV. But, what will you think if we say that Q9 is the next 2021 Audi Truck? Yes, that is right – two future concepts are combined for the ultimate model by the four-ring company.
The truck is in Audi’s plans for some while. We can see tons of concepts on the internet, but the carmaker has never spoken loud about it. The luxury pickup market is not so popular and all the companies are still waiting for the right moment. The only premium German automotive giant with the truck in the offer is Mercedes. However, based on the Nissan Navara, it is not even close to the MB and what we used to see from this manufacturer. The 2021 Audi Truck might beat its archrival and deliver the luxury pickup first.
2021 Audi Truck Engine, Towing Capacity
We assume the German carmaker will prepare its best for the 2021 Audi Truck, including the engines. A V6 is very likely to be the base option. Well, fans shouldn’t exclude a turbocharged inline-four as well. However, a 3.0 displacement will be a more popular option, that is for sure. Truckers in the US love power. A V6 can return 330 hp and 325 lb-ft, which is enough for the respectable towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.
Also, the Audi pickup could get a V8. Engineers are using a 4.0 displacement as the base. The most likely outputs are 450 hp and 445 lb-ft of twist. High-end versions of some models are squeezing even more, reaching 600 ponies and 515 lb-ft of torque. However, the truck is not going to compete against Ram Rebel TRX and its 707 horsepower.
The 2021 Audi Truck is the luxury truck whose sales are questionable. Americans love to spend extra. Last year, the average price paid for a truck was nearly $45,000. So, it is strange why we are not seeing more premium models. Currently, Ford F-150 Limited and Chevy Silverado High Country are the most luxurious packages in the market. Audi can carry over features and options from the SUV class, and combine them with a truck produced by the same group. Soon, the VW will bring the pickup to the US market, and it could get a premium version with four rings on the front grille.
2021 Audi Truck Price and Competition
We assume the German company is about to launch the concept very soon. The premium pickup will debut next year and until then, we will speculate about possibilities. The price is expected to be around $50,000. So, that is above the average price paid in 2019. The competition is also in development, like the 2021 Audi Truck. Of course, both German carmakers are also weighing things on the market. Let’s not forget about the Japanese manufacturers. Infiniti and Lexus badges could be carried on pickup trucks soon.