Audi has just introduced the third-generation TT Coupe and we will see the TT Roadster at the 2014 Paris Motor Show next month. Still, Audi’s development chief Ulrich Hackenberg revealed the fact that the German company is working on a new TT body style.
This is a clear hint that Audi is indeed working on a crossover version of the TT, previewed earlier this year at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show with the TT Offroad Concept.
This will probably be the most interesting addition in the TT lineup and will be built for customers who want vehicles with a higher riding position than the current coupes and roadsters. If you don’t remember, the Audi TT Offroad Concept was powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine developing 292 hp (215 kW) and 380 Nm (280.3 lb-ft) of torque, but also by an electric motor that generates 40 kW and 220 Nm (262.3 lb-ft) of torque.
Despite its dimensions (4.39 m long; height of 1.85 meters; 2.63 meters wide), the TT Offroad Concept is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 5.2 seconds.
Using just the electric motor, top speed is limited at 130 km/h or 80.8 mph. Fuel consumption is impressive: just 1.9 l/100 km (123.8 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 45 g/km.
With a full tank of fuel, the TT Offroad Concept offers a range of up to 880 km/h or 546.8 miles. Still, we don’t know if Audi will offer a hybrid version of the TT crossover but if it does, we will definitely buy one!
The Audi TT off-road concept has a hunkered-down and strong stance on the road. Its wheel wells have wide semi-circles which form geometric bodies and this highlights the massive wheels. Meanwhile the wheel well on the front intersects with the joint of the engine hood, which runs on top of the door as a tornado line and goes towards the rear end of the vehicle.
In terms of dimensions, the Audi TT has overall length of 16.2 feet (4.39 meters) with width of 6.1 feet (1.85 meters). Wheelbase meanwhile measures 8.6 feet (2.63 meters). This makes the Audi TT off-road look similar to today’s SUV, which is the Audi Q3. However this model comes in a height of 5.0 feet (1.53 meters). Shorter compared to the Q3 by 3.2 inches (8 cm), resulting in the Audi TT off-road having that athletic character even with just one look.
The exterior comes in Sonora Yellow which looks to be modeled from a single solid block. Its muscular tight surfaces have that excellent interplay with the clearly drawn lines resulting in a highly dramatic design.
While this design language is implemented in the Audi TT, the elements have been placed in a new context. Viewed on its side, the relationship between Audi TT with the show car is made even clearer. Its overhangs are clearly short with the greenhouse not only being athletically low but also drawn in sharply to the top. Height ratio on the other hand is 30:70. Further, the design of the window follows that sporty coupe line.
Other features that can be seen include the roof contour which drops down early again. Looking powerful, the flat C-pillars have a lighter looks thanks to the light-refracting edges. On the front section, the dominant feature is the horizontal lines. The front of the Audi TT off-road concept has a broad singleframe grille that carry the four rings embedded sculpturally in the body.
On the lower region of the grille are two subtle indents that give it a lighter appearance. Narrow louvers in the vehicle’s grille insert form a structure that is expected from Audi e-tron models. Under the Matrix LED headlights are large air inlets that are structured with louvers and framed in the sharp edges.
There is a third and flat inlet under the grille which joins all of these. On its inside is a blade which help increase the downforce on the front axle ensuring that the front section of the Audi TT off-road concept looks even wider.