Audi could be about to add an unusual member to its allroad family – the all-new TT. While the standard car will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, a more rugged allroad version is being considered further into its life cycle.
“Our Detroit concept is the basis of the TT, it’s a trailer for the TT,” Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s technical chief told us. “The idea was to combine a coupe and a small crossover because the new TT has more potential than we’ve seen so far – it could be used in a variety of ways.
“For example we could raise it up. You might remember the Nanuk concept in Frankfurt, it’s a similar idea to that, although a TT like this would have a much wider audience,” He added.
The powertrain from the Audi allroad shooting brake concept could also become a reality. According to Hackenberg “a plug-in option will eventually come with more or less every car in the Audi range”.
This latest concept features a 288bhp 2.0 TFSI engine and a 53bhp electric motor on the front axle, with a 112bhp motor on the rear axle, for Quattro four-wheel drive and fuel economy of 148.7mpg.
And the TT derivatives won’t stop there, either. Hackenberg’s successor as Audi’s technical chief, Wolfgang Durheimer, began a program to bring a high-performance, ultra lightweight TT to market – and his vision was realised with the TT ultra quattro concept at the 2013 Worthersee tuning event. Hackenberg confirmed that the project is still alive and well.
“I can imagine a limited edition TT that takes things a little closer to the edge, for example with a carbon-roof,” Hackenberg revealed. “The MQB architecture means it’s possible to switch in lighter materials but still build the car on the same production line.”