Pickup trucks have been among the most popular vehicles in many parts of the world for years. Still, most people see them as simple, working machines with capable engines and strong chassis. There is no room for fooling around. Times are different these days, so even comfort-oriented pickup trucks aren’t unusual things at all. Honda started with such an approach more than a decade ago. A pickup design based on a unibody platform brings many benefits in terms of comfort and driving experience and it is time to see this kind of vehicle by some premium brand. Therefore, next year should bring to us the new Audi Pickup Truck. Expectations are big, both by the crowd and experts. Most likely, this model will come sometime in the second half of next year.
Audi Pickup Truck Design
Although many expected to see the new truck based on Amarok’s, body-on-frame platform, latest reports suggest a unibody platform. Considering that this model is about to be a mid-size truck, many experts started to call it Audi Q7 Pickup Truck. It will share a lot of parts with the famous mid-size crossover, starting from a familiar MLB platform. This is a unibody platform, so you can count on lots of benefits. This especially refers to things like comfort, handling, and overall driving experience. On the other side, the biggest drawback of such design is in terms of capabilities. You can count on lower towing and payload capacity for sure. Still, we doubt that this will bother potential buyers. Those who need a truck for work definitely won’t pay extra money to get more luxury.
How the new Audi Pickup Truck is going to look like?
It is still early to talk about some more specific details, but we can definitely speculate about most basic characteristics. First of all, we can say for sure that this is going to bee a mid-size pickup truck. It will be a comfort-oriented vehicle, so we are sure that Audi Pickup Truck 2019 won’t come with a single cab version in the offer. The new model will come with a comfortable cabin, with two spacious rows of seating. A crew cab layout would probably mean shorter bed size, though it is possible that Audi is going to compensate this with a stretched wheelbase.
In terms of the style, we expect a lot of similarities with its crossover sibling, the Q7. Two models should feature similar front ends. From the front bumper to the B-pillar, these two models should feature pretty much the same shape. Still, keep in mind that the current Q7 is present on the market since 2014. Meanwhile, the company’s design language has been updated, so we can expect all those novelties on the Audi Q7 Pickup Truck.
Audi Pickup Truck Interior
On the inside, we have no doubt that the Audi Pickup Truck will resemble its SUV sibling. This would mean a similar dashboard layout, but still with a couple of exclusive design solutions as well. In practice, this would mean the same design, characterized by lots of horizontal lines and top-quality materials. We expect to see the same tablet-like touchscreen, while the new Audi Pickup Truck could also add Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, the company’s all-new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
As we already mentioned, expect Audi Pickup Truck for sale in a crew cab layout only. This would mean two rows of very spacious and comfortable seats which will, along with a unibody architecture, guarantee a high level of comfort.
Audi Pickup Truck Engines
When it comes to the powertrain lineup, expect different versions in the offer on different market. Without any doubt, a familiar V6 gasoline engine will be available in North America. This 3.0-liter engine delivers 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque and comes with the company’s new 8-speed automatic transmission.
A smaller, but very efficient 2.0-liter engine with around 250 horses could be in the offer as well. On the other side, European drivers will enjoy oil burners as well. If we look at the current Q7’s lineup, there is a familiar 3.0-liter V6, which comes in two versions, with either 250 or 270 horsepower. Moreover, there is an SQ7 version, which delivers around 435 horses, so it won’t be surprised to see a hi-performance version of the Audi Pickup Truck 2019 as well.
Audi Pickup Truck Release Date and Price
Although many see the Audi Pickup Truck as a certain thing, we are still waiting for the official confirmation. Most likely, the new model will come sometime in the second half of next year. When it comes to the Audi Pickup Truck price, we can only make a rough estimation, which would go somewhere between 45.000 and 50.000 dollars for base versions.
Audi Pickup Truck Competition
The competition won’t be numerous, but definitely should be very tough. As you’ve probably heard, BMW also works on its pickup truck, while the Mercedes-Benz is already available in Europe and could come to North America as well.