- The new four-door Audi TT has been given a green light by the carmaker according to reports.
- The next-gen TT could transform into a more practical four-door coupe akin to its bigger sibling – the A7.
Audi has reportedly given a green signal to the new-gen four-door TT which might arrive at the turn of the decade. The iconic two-door, two-seater sports coupe from Ingolstadt is expected to transform into a bigger, more practical car.
The German carmaker showcased the TT Sportback Concept way back in 2014 at the Paris Motor Show (seen here in the pictures). This means that the idea to spawn a four-door version of the TT has been around for some time now, but it was never conceptualised for a number of reasons. The major reason could be the infamous diesel-gate which kept the parent company VW Group busy and made them cut cost on newer projects across all brands. But now, the carmaker has finally considered giving a green flag to the 2014 concept since the TT is now due for a generation change.
Apart from that, 2018 also marks the 20th anniversary of the TT which was introduced in 1998 as a rival to the BMW Z3, Porsche Boxster, and Mercedes-Benz SLK. It had a distinct styling and Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Later it was also available in top-down body style. It received a new generation in 2006 while the third and current generation arrived in 2014. Each of the new generation models had a sharper styling than the predecessor. And through the years, the TT was offered with a host of engine options. But of late, the demand of the 2+2 sports coupe has been on a decline, blame the affinity towards the SUV/Crossovers. The peak sale of 10,000+ units in the UK market came back in 2008.
The new-gen TT will continue to use the versatile MQB platform. So if it remains true to the original concept, it will be only slightly bigger than the current model to accommodate the rear doors and rear passenger space. Even the powertrain options will be not an issue, with a scope for electrification compatibility. It could be a part of the line-up of 20 electrified vehicles that the Four Ring brand has planned by 2025. Making it a practical and more affordable version of the A7 might also bring in additional sales for the carmaker.
Audi is already overhauling its entire line-up. We have seen facelifts, new-generations and all-new models this year. By the end of 2019, we can expect some concrete news of the four-door Audi, which will also make its way to India promptly after its global debut