In its plan to expand its lineup of crossovers and SUVs to meet the growing demand, Audi has unveiled another concept vehicle at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
The Audi TT Offroad Concept is based on the recently revealed 2016 Audi TTS coupe, but it has four doors, four bucket seats and a higher ride height. Audi said that the TT Offroad is a glimpse of what a family of TT vehicles might look like should they turn the TT sports car into one. This does not seem far from possible because an Audi boss has already hinted on a launch of TT’s variants as they capitalize on the model’s strong brand and image.
The TT Offroad is an e-tron quattro. That means it uses a plug-in hybrid system as its power source. The power plant consists of an electric motor and the TT’s 2.0-liter TFSI engine. It is matched with a 6-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission which powers the TT Offroad’s front wheels. A second electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack are located at the rear. The entire system propels the TT Offroad with 408 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, returning a whopping 123.8 mpg when in electric-only and hybrid modes.
Inside, the TT Offroad’s dashboard layout and virtual cockpit, which has a fully digital 12.3-inch screen displaying both driver and infotainment information, are borrowed from the TT. The two bucket seats in the back are foldable, allowing expanded cargo space.
According to Motor Authority, the TT Offroad will compete against the BMW X4 and the Range Rover Evoque if Audi makes a production version. It is also possible to be labeled as Q4 instead of TT to fit the lineup where the Q3 and Q5 belong (not to mention the upcoming Q1 subcompact crossover in 2016).