2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept

Audi is coming to the Beijing Motor Show later this month with what looks to be an all-new crossover concept that could serve as a preview of the future Q4 crossover, or it could be a preview of an expanded TT lineup. Rumors of this Audi crossover have been circulating for years, and if you take a good look at these photos, it does bear a striking similarity to the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept that we first saw in Detroit last January.

If there’s any legs to rumors that Audi is planning to turn the TT into its own sub-brand, then you can see why the company is releasing all these TT-inspired concepts recently. It’s probably testing the market to see what the reception is going to be for a new sub-brand bearing the "TT" name.

On the flip side, there’s also that matter of expanding an already-established family under Audi’s roof: the Q SUV s. At one point or another, the TT Offroad Concept was linked as a potential future glimpse at an Audi Q4 , the newest model to come out of the Q line, and one that would be slotted in just below the big boy Q5 and Q7 SUVs and just a hair above the Q3 .

What’s become apparently clear is that the Audi TT Offroad Concept will play a big role in dictating Audi’s future lineup. It’s not just because of the new technology it has that can be adopted on other models, but more so on how Audi decides to use the concept relative to the rest of its existing lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TT Off-Road Concept.

Exterior

Audi TT Offroad Concept

Don’t be surprised if we see a great deal of this concept in Audi’s future crossover lineup. The details are certainly there, specifically how the clam-shell hood and the low, curved roof looks the part of a smaller crossover that should fit in nicely with the rest of Audi’s Q line. Likewise, the large chromed front grille that’s flanked by the sharp and sleek LED headlights are aggressive touches to the overall design.

Of particular note, though, are the wheel arches that appear to have been made from one component and wraps itself the entire concept. That’s something to look out for in future Audi models. Moving to the back, the unique exhaust detail shows a chromed bar with "quattro" lettering that connects the two exhaust pipes.

2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept - Exterior Dimensions

Length172.8 In.
Width72.8 In.
Height60.2 In.
Wheelbase103.5 In.
Weight Ratio (Front:Rear)54:46

2015 Audi TT

Audi TT

Interior

Audi TT Offroad Concept

The concept also comes with three Audi Smart Displays, tablets that make for good entertainment for passengers. From DVD watching to TV streaming through Audi connect, the versatility of the Smart Displays ensures that there's no dull moment for those riding the TT Offroad Concept.

The biggest and arguably most important thing you need to know about the TT Offroad Concept is the number of doors it has. Count them all up because there’s four of them. A TT with four doors? Once you move past that fact, you enter a cabin that looks surprisingly cramped, offering space for just four people. You can blame the 2+2 configuration on how the center tunnel console runs the whole length of the interior. Then again, that 2+2 configuration gives the cabin a rather sporty feel.

Slim sport seats with integrated head restraints are in place, possibly as an attempt to give more space for the driver and passenge. Even the instrument panel looks slimmer than usual to help increase knee room.

Two other interesting aspects of the cabin are the multifunction steering wheel and the MMI terminal on the center tunnel console, both of which serve more than just their functional purposes. They also give the driver easier connectivity so he doesn’t get distracted when he’s out on the road. Likewise, a 12.3‑inch TFT display produces high-quality 3D graphics to go with plenty of neat options, either in classic mode or Infotainment mode

The concept also comes with three Audi Smart Displays, tablets that make for good entertainment for passengers. From DVD watching to TV streaming through Audi connect, the versatility of the Smart Displays ensures that there’s no dull moment for those riding the TT Offroad Concept.

Drivetrain

Audi TT Offroad Concept

This is where the TT Off-Road Concept really gets interesting. Technically speaking, Audi is touting the concept with a plug‑in hybrid E-Tron quattro powertrain. But the specifics are a little more complicated for my plebeian brain to understand.

Breaking it down, the concept has two electric motors, one at the front axle that produces 53 horsepower and another one at the rear axle that develops 114 horsepower. Those two electric motors are then combined to a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, gas engine that nets 292 horsepower, adding up to a total output of 408 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. That allows the concept to hit 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

Sounds simple enough, right? Not quite.

See, Audi presented the TT Off-Road Concept as a plug-in hybrid, except that thanks to its own ingenuous Audi Wireless Charging, you don’t actually need to "plug-in" the vehicle to any outlet because, according to Audi, "a plate with a coil and an inverter (AC/AC converter)" does all the charging for the concept. All you need to do is drive into any one of what sounds like customized parking spots for the TT Offroad Concept, drive into the said plate, and let the let the alternating magnetic field of the infrastructure do its magic, automatically charging the electric motors.

That could work on tailor-made parking spots, but we highly doubt you’re going to find those in-ground induction pads anywhere.

2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept - Drivetrain Specifications

Engine2.0L TSFI 4-Cyl W/ 2 Electric Motors
Gasoline Engine Output (HP @ RPM)292 @ TBA
Gasoline Engine Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)280 @ TBA
Electric Motor Output (HP) (Front/Rear)54 / 114
Electric Motor Torque (LB-FT) (Front/Rear)162 / 199
Combined Output (HP)408
Combined Torque (LB-FT)479
Electric-Only Autonomy31.1 Miles
MPGe (EU Combined Cycle)123.8 MPGe
Emissions72.4 G/Mile
Top Speed (EV Model)80.8 MPH

Prices

Audi TT Offroad Concept

The Audi TT Offroad Concept is still, well, a concept by its definition in automotive parlance. But in the event the concept does get a production future, questions on how much it’ll cost is going to be of interest to a lot of people.

Audi’s not going to release any estimates because, well, it doesn’t need to, given the status of the vehicle. But if you ask us, a price of around $45,000 to $50,000 should be fair, taking into account the sophisticated nature of its powertrain setup.

Just a Concept or Glimpse Into the Future?

Audi TT Offroad Concept

This is the big question that, quite frankly, has two right answers and no wrong ones. The Audi TT Offroad Concept is as it is named now, but that doesn’t mean Audi’s not giving us any hints on what it has in store for the future of both the TT and Q families.

If there’s any legs to rumors that Audi is planning to turn the TT into its own sub-brand, then you can see why the company is releasing all these TT-inspired concepts recently. It’s probably testing the market to see what the reception is going to be for a new sub-brand bearing the "TT" nonmenclature. We think a TT sub-brand is a great idea, but we’re a little partial to the model.

On the flip side, there’s also the matter of expanding an already established family under Audi’s roof: the Q SUVs. At one point or another, the TT Offroad Concept was linked as a potential future glimpse at an Audi Q4 Audi Q4 , the newest model to come out of the Q line, and one that would be slotted in just below the big boy Q5 and Q7 SUVs and just a hair on top of the Q3.

What’s become apparently clear is that the Audi TT Offroad Concept will play a big role in dictating Audi’s future lineup. It’s not just because of the new technology it has that can be adopted on other models, but more so on how Audi decides to use the concept relative to the rest of its existing lineup.

Competition

Range Rover Evoque_e

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque_e

In th event the Audi TT Offroad Concept does make its way into production as either a Q4, or a super-sized TT, it’s plug-in hybrid powertrain makes it a unique vehicle that not a lot of other brands have at their disposal.

One of the few vehicles that can boast the same relative level of powertrain sophistication is the Range Rover Evoque_e.

The Range Rover Evoque_e is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 240 horsepower, to go with a 92-horsepower electric motor and a 12.8 kWh Lithium Ion battery pack. Total output falls short of the 408 ponies the TT Offroad Concept has, but at somewhere close to 350 horsepower on its own, the Evoque is by no means a slouch.

Conclusion

Audi TT Offroad Concept

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the TT Offroad Concept lies in the entire Audi universe. What we do know is that its not just any one of the other concepts the German brand has released in recent years. The technology inside the TT Offroad Concept has a place in Audi’s future plans. The concept, itself, also has a place in it.

It’s just that there are still questions as to whether the TT Offroad Concept will follow in its name and be part of the rumored future TT sub-brand, or Audi’s just trying to deflect attention away from potentially using all of the concept’s bells and whistles on the production Q4.

LOVE IT
  • Looks like a real Audi
  • Well designed cabin, lack of apparent space notwithstanding
  • Sophisticated powertrain setup, to say the least
LEAVE IT
  • Still a concept
  • What direction does Audi have for it?
  • Where can we find those in-ground induction pads?

Press release

The Audi TT offroad concept show car

Audi TT Offroad Concept
  • Study combines the sportiness of a coupe with the utility of a compact SUV
  • Powerful and efficient e-tron quattro drive with Audi Wireless Charging technology
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “A glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in a future TT family*”

The Audi TT offroad concept breaks the mold, combining the sportiness of a coupe with the lifestyle and utility of a compact SUV. The four-door model, which Audi is presenting at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, adds an entirely new expression to the Audi design language. Its plug-in hybrid drive with two electric motors and a system output of 300 kW (408 hp) provides for dynamic performance, yet consumes on average just 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (123.8 US mpg).

*The collective fuel consumption of all models named above and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.

“The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. “It combines the sporty genes of the TT with the strengths of a compact Audi SUV. Its plug‑in hybrid drive with the option of inductive charging is a major step toward the mobility of the future. 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 plug-in hybrid drive

The plug‑in hybrid drive in the Audi TT offroad concept delivers 300 kW (408 hp) of system output and 650 Nm (479.2 lb‑ft) of system torque. The show car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.2 seconds and reaches the electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph) without any trouble. It consumes just 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (123.8 US mpg), a CO2 equivalent of 45 grams per kilometer (72.4 g/mile).
The Audi TT offroad concept can drive over 50 kilometers (31.1 miles) solely on electric power and thus with zero local emissions, and has a total range of up to 880 kilometers (546.8 miles).

The combustion engine is a 2.0 TFSI producing 215 kW (292 hp) and 380 Nm (280.3 lb‑ft) of torque. The two-liter, four‑cylinder unit with the large turbocharger is packed with Audi’s potent efficiency technology. At part load, indirect injection supplements gasoline direct injection for lower fuel consumption. The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head – the foundation for the high-performance thermal management system.

A separating clutch links the transverse 2.0 TFSI to an electric motor producing 40 kW and 220 Nm (162.3 lb‑ft) of torque. The slim, disc-shaped electric motor is integrated into the six-speed e‑S tronic. The dual-clutch transmissions sends the torque to the front wheels. Mounted on the rear axle of the Audi TT offroad concept is a second electric motor independent of this drive unit. This produces a maximum of 85 kW and 270 Nm (199.1 lb‑ft).

In front of the rear axle is a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery comprising eight modules. It contributes to the balanced 54:46 weight distribution between the front and rear axles and to the low center of gravity. The battery stores up to 12 kWh of energy, enough for an electric range of 50 kilometers (31.1 miles). An Audi wall box, which manages the energy feed conveniently and intelligently and can deal with a variety of voltages and outlets, is used for stationary charging.
The show car is also designed for use with Audi Wireless Charging technology for contactless inductive charging. The infrastructure side – a plate with a coil and an inverter (AC/AC converter) – is placed on the parking spot of the Audi TT offroad concept and connected to the power grid. The charging process begins automatically when the car drives onto the plate. The alternating magnetic field of the infrastructure side induces a 3.3 kW alternating current across the air gap in the secondary coil, which is integrated into the vehicle. The current is inverted and fed into the electrical system.

Charging stops automatically when the battery is fully charged. It takes about as long as charging via a cable, and the driver can interrupt the process at any time. The Audi Wireless Charging technology is more than 90 percent efficient, and is not affected by weather factors such as rain, snow or ice. The alternating field, which is only generated when a car is on the plate, is not harmful for people or animals.

The intelligent plug‑in hybrid concept of the Audi TT offroad concept really shines when driving, making the show car every bit as efficient as it is sporty. The Audi drive select management system offers three driving modes. EV mode gives priority to electric driving. In this case, the front drive unit is inactive, and the electric motor at the rear axle with its powerful torque can rapidly accelerate the four‑door car to a maximum of 130 km/h (80.8 mph). In Hybrid mode, all three drives work together in various ways as necessary. In many situations the front electric motor assumes the role of a generator. Powered by the engine, it recharges the battery and thus extends the electric range. Full system output is available in Sport mode. During “boosting,” i.e. strong acceleration, the rear electric motor works together with the 2.0 TFSI. The same thing happens when the hybrid management system decides that all‑wheel drive is appropriate. In such situations, e.g. on a slippery road or in light off-road conditions, this essentially makes the Audi TT offroad concept an e‑tron quattro.

When the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator, free-wheeling or “coasting” is activated. Recuperation occurs here at low speeds and when braking. The driver can use the “Hold” and “Charge” functions in the MMI system to specifically influence the battery’s charge state, e.g. to increase storage of electric energy so that it can be used over the final kilometers to the destination.

Chassis

Audi TT Offroad Concept

The Audi TT offroad concept shows its strong character on any road surface and in any terrain. On asphalt the show car is sporty and composed, and it can easily handle light terrain thanks to its high ground clearance, short overhangs and e‑tron quattro all-wheel drive. 255/40-series tires are mounted on 21‑inch wheels, whose delicate five-arm design draws on the look of the Audi e‑tron models. Dark trim provides contrast.

Many of the components of the McPherson front suspension are made of aluminum; the four‑link rear axle handles longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The ratio of the progressive steering changes with the steering input. The Audi drive select system allows the driver to modify the function of various technical modules in multiple steps.

Driver assistance systems

The Audi TT offroad concept show car features two Audi driver assistance systems that are almost ready for production: the intersection assistant and online traffic light information technology. The intersection assistant aims to help to avoid side-impact collisions, or reduce their severity, where lanes merge and at intersections. Radar sensors and a wide-angle video camera scan zones to the front and sides of the car. If the system detects a vehicle approaching from the side and assesses it to be critical, graduated warnings are displayed in the Audi virtual cockpit.

Online traffic light information is a technology that connects the Audi TT offroad concept via the cell phone network to the central traffic computer, which controls the traffic light systems in the city. Based on the information from this system, the Audi virtual cockpit shows the driver what speed to drive in order to reach the next traffic light while it is green. The cockpit displays the time remaining when waiting for the light to turn green.

Body
Like many of the brand’s new production models, the Audi TT offroad concept is also based on the versatile modular transverse matrix (MQB). The body of the show car is based on the ASF (Audi Space Frame) principle and features a hybrid concept with both steel and aluminum components. Together with the battery package of the plug-in hybrid drive system, it gives the compact crossover a low center of gravity, which is a prerequisite for its sporty performance.

Exterior design

4.39 meters (16.2 ft) long, 1.85 meters (6.1 ft) wide and a wheelbase of 2.63 meters (8.6 ft) – in these dimensions the Audi TT offroad concept resembles today’s compact SUV, the Audi Q3*. At 1.53 meters (5.0 ft) tall, however, it is 8 centimeters (3.2 in) shorter, making its sporty character obvious at first glance. The Sonora Yellow outer skin appears to have been modeled from a solid block; the interplay of the clearly drawn lines and the muscularly taut surfaces produces a highly dramatic design. It uses the design language of the Audi TT*, but places its elements in a new context.

Horizontal lines dominate at the front of the new Audi TT offroad concept. The broad Singleframe grille bearing the four rings is sculpturally embedded in the body. Two subtle indents in the lower region make the grille appear lighter. Narrow louvers in the grille insert form a structure typical of the Audi e‑tron models.

The large air inlets below the Matrix LED headlights are framed in sharp edges and structured with louvers. A third, flat inlet below the grille joins them together. Inside is a blade that increases downforce on the front axle and makes the front of the Audi TT offroad concept appear even wider.

When viewed from the side, the relationship between the show car and the Audi TT* is even more apparent. The overhangs are short; the greenhouse is sportily low and drawn in sharply toward the top. The height ratio is 30:70. The window design follows the sporty coupe line. The roof contour drops down again early; fine light-refracting edges make the powerful, very flat C-pillars appear lighter.

The Audi TT offroad concept has a powerful, hunkered-down stance on the road. The broad semi‑circles of the wheel wells form separate geometric bodies, sharply accentuating the massive wheels. The front wheel well intersects the joint of the engine hood, which runs above the door as a tornado line and continues to the rear of the car.

The inner arc segments of the wheel wells are painted in contrasting gray. Together with the bottom zone of the sill strips, which is also gray, they reduce the visual weight of the body and underscore the robust character of the show car. Adorned with a quattro logo, the sill itself forms a bold light-refracting edge.

At the rear, horizontal lines frame athletically taut surfaces. The offset bumper envelopes the two round tailpipes of the exhaust system. A blade with a quattro logo connects them and provides for visual width.

Interior

The interior of the Audi TT offroad concept offers space for four. The rear seat can accommodate two adults comfortably. The slim sport seats with integrated head restraints ensure lateral hold. The side bolsters of the front seats are very strongly contoured.

The design ideas of the new TT were also the inspiration for the sporty interior of the show car. The top of the instrument panel is designed as a wing. This is supported by a visible aluminum structure that as a horizontal design element incorporates the air vents and underscores the width of the interior. The round air vents are reminiscent of jet engines and incorporate the air conditioning controls. The slender instrument panel is focused on the driver.
Besides elements from the TT*, the design of the center console and the doors of the show car also include numerous elements from the Q family, such as a robustly designed tunnel support and functional cup holders in front of the shift lever.

A large number of functions can be controlled via the multifunction steering wheel or the MMI terminal on the center tunnel console. The menu structure is oriented on a smart phone, with all key functions easy to reach. The driver can use finger gestures on the touchpad of the MMI terminal to zoom or scroll in lists and maps. All other functions can be easily controlled via the multifunction steering wheel without having to look away from the road.

Serving as the display instrument is the Audi virtual cockpit. The 12.3‑inch TFT display produces high-quality 3D graphics. The driver can customize the display with the push of a button. The classic view is dominated by the speedometer and the power meter for the plug‑in hybrid drive. In Infotainment mode, elements such as the navigation map or online traffic information displays take center stage. The Audi virtual cockpit also displays detailed information on charging with the Audi Wireless Charging technology.

The center tunnel console, which extends all the way to the back seat, contains numerous cup holders and storage bins. One of these is reserved for the Audi phone box, which connects the driver’s cell phone to the on‑board electronics and also charges it inductively, when necessary.

The show car’s ventilation system also includes an ionizer – an updated version of the system used in the A6* and the A8*. Ionization significantly improves the quality of the air in the cabin. The standard cabin air filters also remove particulates from the air and are unmatched by the immediate competition. Thanks to the systematic further development of these filters, even allergens will be neutralized in the future. An LED light in the interior of the air vent lights up when the ionizer is turned on.

The show car is equipped with three Audi Smart Displays. The fast tablets serve as a mobile infotainment system for use inside and outside of the car. From DVD or TV streaming to controlling the radio or navigation planning, the Audi Smart Display is extremely versatile. One click on the “more” button in the start menu establishes an Internet connection via Audi connect at LTE speed. The user now has access to all of the functions of the Android operating system, from browsing with Google Chrome to visiting the Google Play store.

The Audi Smart Display was systematically developed for use in cars and can easily withstand even extreme temperatures. Rear seat passengers can place the display in special mountings on the backs of the front seats. All three displays can be used simultaneously. When not using the displays, passengers in the rear seat can stow them in a specially designed slot between the seats, where the displays are also recharged. The front seat passenger can store the display in the glove compartment.

Two loudspeakers for the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System are installed in the head restraints of the individual seats. They provide for optimal surround sound throughout the cabin to create a special sound experience. The head restraint speakers are also used for voice announcements and telephony. This guarantees extraordinarily good sound quality and outstanding speech transmission even during fast, sporty driving.

A custom-designed box in the trunk contains a 1:8‑scale radio‑controlled (RC) car. There is also space for the battery and tools. The power-folding individual rear seats allow for a nearly flat cargo floor.

In keeping with the sporty character of the show car, the interior features fine materials and a combination of light and dark gray tones. Granite Gray Fine Nappa leather is used on the rim of the steering wheel and in the outer zones of the door liners. The headliner, the pillar covers, the door panels and the center tunnel are covered with matching Alcantara. The door armrests, the center tunnel console and the seats with diamond-patterned stitching are covered in very soft, luxurious Stone Gray leather from the Italian company Poltrona Frau.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi Q3:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (US mpg): 8,8 – 5,2 (26.7 – 45.2);
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km (g/mile): 206 – 137 (331.5 – 220.5)
Audi A6:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (US mpg): 9,8 – 4,4 (24.0 – 53.5);
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km (g/mile): 229 – 114 (368.5 – 183.5)
Audi A8:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (US mpg): 11,3 – 5,9 (20.8 – 39.9);
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km (g/mile): 264 – 144 (424.9 – 231.8)
Audi TT:
This car is not yet on sale. It has not yet been homologated and is therefore not subject to the 1999/94/EG guideline. Provisional data:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km (US mpg): 7,1 – 4,2 (33.1 – 56.0);
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km (g/mile): 164 – 110 (263.9 – 177.0)


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