Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the board of management at Audi for technical development, said: “It’s a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the TT family - a model that blends sportiness with the practicality of an SUV.”
At the front the TT face is instantly recognisable, with a hexagonal, horizontally slatted grille and narrow headlights with an intricate LED arrangement.
Massive 21-inch alloys fill the pumped up wheelarches, while the roofline swoops down significantly at the rear. A high waistline means quite small windows for rear passengers. Inside, there’s a four-seat layout, with the rear seats folding to create extra space.
Dr Hackenberg confirmed the model used the VW Group’s MQV platform and would employ plug-in hybrid technology. Two electric motors complement the 292bhp turbo 2.0-litre TFSI engine to deliver a total of 402bhp – an identical figure to the Allroad Shooting Brake seen at January’s Detroit Motor Show – and 650Nm of torque.
One of the electric motors is integrated into the e-S tronic dual-clutch gearbox and produces 40kw, directed to the front wheels, while the second 85kW motor is mounted on the rear axle.
Claimed fuel economy is a potential 149mpg, yet it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 153mph.
Thirty miles on electric power is possible, and it has a possible range of 546.8 miles. An Audi wall box charges the car when stationary, but the model also showcases conductive wireless charging, where the car is parked over a plate with a coil and an inverter.
Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Dr Hackenburg, said: “We could do this car in two-and-a-half years and I think there is a need for this type of model.”
When quizzed on the potential Q4 name, given the car’s similarity in dimensions to the Q3, he smiled and said: “It’s that kind of size of car. And we are looking at whole family of coupe SUVs.”
The decision to choose China to unveil the TT Offroad Concept reflects booming sales for premium SUVs there. SUVs have risen from an 18 per cent share of premium car sales in 2008 to 38 per cent last year, and Audi SUV sales alone are up 61 per cent this year.