Text: VJ Bacungan / Photos: Audi Press | posted April 21, 2014 18:24
Has four doors, four seats, four-wheel-drive and 408 PS
The new Audi TT offroad concept sport-utility vehicle (SUV), touted as an addition to the TT line-up, made its debut at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.
“The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development, in a press release.
“We chose to present the Audi TT offroad concept in China, our second domestic market, because it represents the urban mobility of tomorrow: It is sustainable, dynamic, intelligent and connected.”
The hybrid SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, direct-injection TSI engine producing 292 PS and 380 Nm of torque, combined with two electric motors – one on each axle – producing a total of 115 PS and 270 Nm.
All in all, the powertrain develops 408 PS and 650 Nm of torque, and is mated to a 6-speed e-S-tronic dual-clutch transmission with e-tron Quattro all-wheel-drive.
The batteries can be recharged through Audi Wireless Charging. It works by parking the car over a special plate with a coil and an inverter that is connected to the power grid. The charging process begins automatically when the car drives onto the plate.
The company said all these technologies ensure that the TT offroad concept consumes just 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 km, with a carbon-dioxide emission equivalent of 45 grams per km. It can drive over 50 km solely on electric power and has a total range of up to 880 km.
For performance, the TT offroad concept goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, with an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h.
The vehicle is built on Volkswagen’s MQB structure, which underpins the Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon hatchbacks. It is 4,390 mm long, 1,850 mmm wide and has a wheelbase of 2,630 mm, dimensions close to the Audi Q3 crossover. However, it is 8 cm shorter than the Q3 at 1,530 mm in height.
The exterior design is essentially an Audi TT coupe with two-extra doors and a raised ride height, thanks to the 21-inch wheels. The body is painted in a distinct ‘Sonora Yellow’ color with a dark gray bottom half and short front and rear overhangs.
The louvered front is dominated by the large hexagonal grille, with two indents on both sides of the lower bumper.
The side profile looks much like the TT coupe, with the sharply raked C-pillars leading down to the TT-style tail lights.
The rear end is very short, with a small rear window and two, large exhaust pipes in the lower rear bumper.
Inside, the four-seat cabin of the TT offroad concept is lined with gray Nappa leather, Alcantara and Italian Poltrona Frau leather. The metallic trim and the large, round air vents add to the clean and modern design of the interior.
The instrument panel is a 12.3-inch TFT display, which the driver can customize with the push of a button and produces high-quality 3D graphics. For back-seat passengers, two Audi Smart Displays are mounted on the front-seat headrests, which serve as a mobile infotainment system for use inside and outside of the car.
The rear seats can fold down flat to increase the capacity of the cargo area, where a remote-controlled, 1:8 scale model of the car resides.
The center console integrates Audi’s MMI touch-pad interface, which can control many of the cars navigation and entertainment functions.
Audi are also showcasing two, soon-to-be-finished technologies in the TT offroad concept.
One is the Intersection Assistant, which uses radar sensors and a wide-angle camera to help avoid side-impact collisions, or reduce their severity, where lanes merge and at intersections.
The other is the Online Traffic Light Information, which connects the car via the cell phone network to the central traffic computer that controls the traffic light systems in the city. Here, drivers can see on the car’s display what speed to drive in order to reach the next traffic light while it is green and the time remaining when waiting for the light to turn green.
Watch the video below to see the TT offroad concept in action.