Audi has been hard at work trying to stretch the TT lineup and create a sub-brand from it to help boost sales without increasing costs too much. In this effort, the German automaker has revealed a few TT-based concepts in recent years, including the 2014 TT Allroad, the 2014 TT Sportback, and the 2014 TT Offroad. For one reason or another, the first two models were scrapped, but according to a report from CAR Magazine, the TT Offroad has received the green light for production under the TTQ name.

So, why did Audi name it the TTQ instead of the more obvious Q4? Well, Fiat currently owns the trademark to the Q4 name and apparently has no interest in relinquishing it to Audi any time soon. Additionally, putting the TT name in there gives it a connection to the brand’s small sports car.

So what does this rumored model have in store for us?

Click past the jump to read my full preview and find out.

Images of the TT Offroad shown here.

  • 2018 Audi TTQ
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4(Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    230 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    273 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    43000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept Exterior AutoShow
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As a lover of the TT on a whole, I found the TT Offroad a little obscene.

Remember the TT Offroad concept? Yeah, that funky-looking thing. Well, according to CAR, this swoopy crossover is the inspiration behind the new model. Its low roofline, sporty hood, and increased ride height will all carry over into the TTQ.

As a lover of the TT on the whole, I found the TT Offroad a little obscene. To take the sleek styling of an icon like the Tourist Trophy and slap a set of big wheels and a jacked-up suspension on it just seems like a recipe for a disaster. However, in this copycat world of four wheels, if one German company does it, they all do it. Since we already have the X4, and soon we’ll have the GLC Coupe, it’s only common sense that the TTQ will be the next one to roll out.

All I hope is that the driving dynamics will make up for the lack of headroom and the finicky cargo area that’ll haul nothing but soccer balls and a suitcase or two.

Interior

2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept Interior
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If Audi chooses to create an RS TTQ, look for those thin-backed sports seats to make a comeback in this model.

The interior will likely not be too far off from that of the TT Offroad Concept, as it was not too futuristic to begin with. There will likely be a few changes, however. First up on the list will be the elimination of the thin-backed sports seats, as SUV drivers are looking for more comfort than these can likely provide. Additionally, look for the cramped 2+2 seating to be replaced by a more traditional five-person seating arrangement.

I expect to see the 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, the TT’s circular vents, and even the flat-bottom steering wheel (on performance models) carry over from the concept into production. If Audi chooses to create an RS TTQ, look for those thin-backed sports seats to make a comeback.

Basically, imagine the TT’s cabin, only slightly larger, with extra seating and more comfortable thrones.

Drivetrain

2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept Exterior AutoShow
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In the U.S., however, you can forget about that 2.0-liter TDI engine.

The TT Offroad Concept had a gasoline-powered 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produced 292 horsepower, and a pair of electric motors that added an extra 114 ponies. The combined setup netted the crossover 408 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, but the chances of this powering the TTQ are not too high at first – it may come at some point though.

I expect to see a drivetrain that mimics the TT. For those of you in Europe, the 2015 TT lineup includes a 2.0-liter TDI engine with 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, a 2.0-liter TFSI with 230 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, and a high-output 2.0-liter TFSI with 310 horses and 273 pound-feet of twist. In the U.S., however, you can forget about that 2.0-liter TDI engine.

In Europe, the TTQ may come standard with front-wheel drive, but on this side of the pond I expect to see it offered exclusively with quattro all-wheel drive.

Prices

2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept Exterior AutoShow
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Pricing isn’t known yet, but with the BMW X4 as one of its main competitors, look for the TTQ to start slightly under the Bimmer’s $44,700 base price. If it indeed makes it to production, look for the TTQ to arrive sometime in 2017.

Competition

2015 BMW X4

2015 BMW X4 Concept High Resolution Exterior
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The BMW X4 truly has a big bullseye on its back, as both Mercedes and Audi will be gunning hard for it in the upcoming years. Under its hood is a standard 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that produces 240 horses and 260 pound-feet of twist. This power routes through an eight-speed automatic transmission on its way to all four tires.

This nets the crossover coupe a 0-to-60 sprint of six seconds and allows it to run all the way up to 130 mph.

Like all BMW-Audi matchups, at the base level, the Audi will offer more features, but the BMW name is one that still commands a higher premium.

Mercedes GLC Coupe

2016 Mercedes GLC Plug-In Hybrid Exterior
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Though it is not yet confirmed, with BMW going the small-crossover coupe route and Audi doing the same thing, it is only a matter of time before Mercedes feels left out and hacks the upcoming GLC into a coupe.

The GLC Coupe will be based on the C-Class and will likely carry its engine options. These options include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot with 241 horsepower, and a 3.0-liter V-6 with 329 horsepower. And AMG model is unlikely, but a hot AMG Sport model with just under 400 horses may be on the table.

Like the BMW, the Audi TTQ would likely be a good bit less expensive than the GLC Coupe, plus the Audi would come standard with more premium features. However, there is a lot to be said about driving a Benz… Is that worth an extra few grand?

Conclusion

2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept High Resolution Exterior
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While I cringe at the thought of these crossover coupes, I cannot fault Audi, BMW, or Mercedes for going this route. If the demand is there, then you have to build it, and apparently folks are clamoring for these creatures. One saving grace is that it appears as if all three German crossover coupes will come standard in the U.S. with all-wheel drive, so at least they fill some purpose.

  • Leave it
    • Hacking the TT like this should be illegal
    • Do we really need more coupe crossovers?
    • Limited cargo room

Source: CAR

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