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Audi TT Offroad Concept May Preview Future TT Crossover


Just the Facts:
  • The Audi TT Offroad Concept is a crossover-like version of the TT and may preview a "new model in a future TT family," Audi AG said at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
  • The four-door concept is a plug-in hybrid vehicle that bundles a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, lithium-ion battery and two electric motors.
  • Audi said the concept "combines the sporty genes of the TT with the strengths of a compact Audi SUV."

BEIJING The Audi TT Offroad Concept is a crossover-like version of the TT and may preview a "new model in a future TT family," Audi AG said at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

The four-door concept is a plug-in hybrid vehicle that bundles a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors for a total output of 402 horsepower. The concept has a range of 31 miles in electric mode.

Audi said the concept "combines the sporty genes of the TT with the strengths of a compact Audi SUV."

Audi of America told Edmunds earlier this month that the concept is "a further development of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show concept car." No word yet about whether it is in the U.S. future-product portfolio, Audi said.

Like the Detroit auto show concept car, the Beijing auto show concept car is an E-tron Quattro, featuring all-wheel drive and the option of inductive charging.

The Beijing concept is designed for use with Audi Wireless Charging technology. The charging process begins automatically when the vehicle drives onto a parking-spot plate that is connected to the power grid. Charging stops automatically when the battery is fully charged. Audi says it takes about as long as charging via cable.

The concept is also noteworthy for U.S. consumers because it previews two new Audi driver-assistance systems that are "almost ready for production," Audi said.

They are the Junction Assistant and Online Traffic Light Information Technology.

The Junction Assistant is designed to help the driver avoid side-impact crashes or to reduce their severity where lanes merge and at junctions in the road. If the system detects a vehicle approaching from the side and senses a crash, a warning is displayed in the cockpit.

Online Traffic Light Information Technology connects the car via the mobile phone network to the local central traffic computer. The setup then shows the driver what speed to drive at in order to reach the next traffic light while it is green.

The concept seats four. The cabin is a blend of the production version of the TT and Audi's Q family SUVs.

Edmunds says: Your future Audi TT may be a crossover. But don't put off shopping for that crossover vehicle in the meantime, since this concept may take some time to reach the real world.

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