Any enthusiast with a very good memory might have felt that they’d seen the new Audi Shooting Brake concept somewhere before. And they’d be right.

The white Shooting Brake concept was first shown at the Tokyo auto show back in 2005. Like the latest concept, it was a preview of the production Audi TT that appeared in spring 2006.

But by January of 2007, Audi bosses ruled out the Shooting Brake going into production. Excuses about the baby estate ‘cannibalising’ sales of the second-generation TT probably disguised the fact that Audi bosses felt the car was a step too far. But nearly nine years later, the re-appearance of the concept – again a thinly disguised new-generation TT – suggests Audi is about to give the idea the green light. Probably.