The Audi TT offroad concept is the most likely of three Audi TT concept cars from 2014 to make production, technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg has revealed.
“All of the concepts are under analysis,” said Hackenberg. “We’ve done clinics, which have been very positive. They have shown a strong tendency for SUVs, so if we were start with one I’d say there is the strongest chance for the SUV version.”
Any production version of one of the concepts is likely to arrive by 2015 at the earliest.
The TT offroad was first seen at the Beijing motor show in April. It followed the launch of the TT Shooting Brake in January in Detroit, and was followed by the launch of the Sportback at the Paris show in October.
"The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family," said Hackenberg, speaking at the offroad conceot's unveil in China. "It will be the peak sporting SUV in its class.
"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 concept is a four-door compact SUV that utilises a plug-in hybrid drive system. It's likely that the car, if it were to go into production, would directly rival the Range Rover Evoque, Porsche Macan and BMW X4.
At the front is a turbocharged 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine that produces 288bhp and 280lb ft. It sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission that features an integrated electric motor, rated at 40kw and 162lb ft.