Just like Fiat has actually expanded its 500 family members to incorporate a mini-MPV (500L) and mini-crossover (500X), therefore Audi is readying a breeding system because of its brand-new TT coupe. Early in the day this season we saw the TT Of-road concept, which posited a little SUV on the basis of the sports car’s MQB underpinnings, while this month brings the Audi TT Sportback concept, a CLA-rivalling amalgam of coupe and 5dr hatch. The Sportback concept is 29cm longer and 6cm wider compared to latest TT coupe, though several centimeters reduced as well. “We’re using the TT design language because it’s accepted and iconic,” explains Audi engineering employer Ulrich Hackenberg. Not to mention the cachet of the name: buyers would, Audi reckons, would rather be driving one thing with a TT rather than an A3 badge. Happily, this idea isn’t any simple pastiche. The aluminum Sportback does not just blag its design cues from the TT, but uses that car’s dash, seats, engines and quattro system. Hackenberg states it could even simply take the 5cyl engine from the TT RS and future RS3. Nonetheless, the show car’s production readiness is underlined by the clear presence of the latest gen 2.0-liter TFSI engine, whose turbos were tweaked to simply help it generate only short of 400bhp. The transmission is Audi’s dual-shift seven-speed auto, driving all four wheels.
Conceptual mishmash the Audi TT Sportback might be, but it resolves its diverse infuences rather nicely. Nonetheless, Hackenberg tells TopGear the five-door coupe-hatch TT is less likely to want to reach production than that SUV-crossover. “I start to see the best possibility [of manufacturing] as the SUV,” Hackenberg says. “It would do most readily useful in the marketplace. It did well in clinics.” We’re told a production TT Of-road could achieve the road within 2 yrs. Impressive alacrity from Audi, but does the world absolutely need yet another entry into the crowded but booming SUV-crossover-coupe segment instead of this slick small five-door having its lightweight alloy body?