At a recent press event in Paris, it was revealed that the Audi TT range is expanding… with a crossover.
This isn’t the first time an Audi TT crossover has been mentioned. If you recall, back in April at the Beijing Motor Show, Audi revealed the Audi TT Offroad concept. The featured image of this article is one of the sketches that was revealed prior to the show, in fact.
When the all-new TT Coupe was released at a press event in Spain, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s Development Chief, told Automotive News that a third variant was coming to join the coupe and convertible, which is the next model coming to the TT range. He implied the possibility of an Audi TT crossover when he noted that the TT Offroad concept “provides an insight into how we might envisage a new model in a future TT family.”
Personally, I’m not a fan. This would, presumably, compete against what? The BMW X4? There’s another model that’s simply watering down that brand’s heritage and intent to little more than a one-size-fits-all smorgasbord of mediocrity.
At least the Audi TT Offroad concept has an interesting powertrain, though. Since Audi is really pushing their e-Tron hybrid systems, the base engine (generator, I suppose) is a 292 horsepower turbocharged 4 cylinder. That’s pretty decent power for something that small as it is, but then there are two electric motors to assist in the party as well: a 40kW motor at the front and an 85kW motor at the rear.
In plain English: the Audi TT crossover could come out with a hybrid drivetrain packing 408 horsepower and 480 ft.-lbs. of torque. According to the company, with AWD, the sprint from 0-60 is completed in about 5.2 seconds.
Since it’s a hybrid, though, fuel economy is paramount. They’ve got that covered. Reportedly, the Audi TT Offroad manages a staggering 123mpg equivalent with its electric motors. It can even charge without a plug, thanks to Audi’s trick inductive charging setup.
Hackenberg said at Beijing that the Offroad, “combines the sporty genes of the TT with the strengths of a compact Audi SUV.” That’s fine… but… do we really need more crossovers? What say you?
Ray is a lifelong auto enthusiast. His father worked on the dealership side of the industry for many years, and his passion for fast, fun, and unique cars has been passed on. Particularly fond of American cars and trucks, Ray is an avid General Motors fan. When not writing, he can be found with his dogs, or at a local car show.
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