If you thought that the rumored TT crossover was just a joke, you’d better think again as Audi has just unveiled the TT Offroad Concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show a.k.a. Auto China 2014. The new concept car is 4.39 meters (16.2 ft) long, 1.85 meters (6.1 ft) wide and a wheelbase of 2.63 meters (8.6 ft). This means that it resembles the Audi Q3 compact SUV.
Showing a Sonora Yellow exterior, the TT Offroad Concept features clearly drawn lines and muscularly taut surfaces in order to produce a dramatic design. As you can see the vehicle actually follows the same design philosophy as the recently introduced 2015 Audi TT. The front end shows the Singleframe grille and stylish Matrix LED headlights.
When viewed from the side, the relationship between the concept and the Audi TT is even more apparent. At the rear, we can see the taillights inspired by those found on the TT as well as two round tailpipes connected through a blade with a Quattro logo. The interior offers enough space for up to four persons, who can take a seat on the slim sport seats with integrated head restrains.
Many of the design elements found on the TT are also featured on the TT Offroad Concept. Still, the interior includes numerous elements form the Q family such as the robustly designed tunnel support and functional cup holders in front of the shift lever. In the trunk, we find a custom-designed box that contains a 1:8-scale radio-controlled (RC) car.
The power-folding individual rear seats allow for a nearly flat cargo floor. Under the hood, we find a 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine that delivers 292 hp (215 kW) and 380 Nm (280.3 lb-ft) of torque. A separating clutch links the petrol engine to an electric motor that develops 40 kW and 220 Nm (162.3 lb-ft) of torque.
The slim, disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into the six-speed e S tronic. A dual-clutch transmission sends the torque to the front wheels. Meanwhile, on the rear axle there is a second electric motor independent of this drive unit, delivering 85 kW and 270 Nm (199.1 lb-ft) of torque.
The liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery comprising eight modules is located in front of the rear axle and contributes to the balanced 54:46 weight distribution between the front and rear axles and to the low center of gravity. Audi says that the battery can store up to 12 kWh of energy that offers an electric range of up to 50 km or 31 miles.
What’s more interesting is that this show car was also designed for use with Audi Wireless Charging technology for contactless inductive charging. The infrastructure side – a plate with a coil and an inverter (AC/AC converter) – is placed on the parking spot of the Audi TT offroad concept and connected to the power grid.
When found onto the plate, the charging process begins automatically and stops when the battery is fully charged. The plug-in hybrid drive found on the Audi TT Offroad Concept generates a whooping 408 hp (300 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque.
As a result, the TT Offroad Concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds, while top speed is electronically governed at 250 km/h or 155 mph. Using just the electric motor, top speed is 130 km/h or 80/8 mph. Fuel consumption is only 1.9 litres/100 km (123.8 US mpg), a CO2 equivalent of 45 grams per km (72.4 g/mile). The vehicle has a total range of up to 880 km or 546.8 miles.