Audi TT Offroad Concept Debuts in China

When we first saw the Audi TT Offroad concept, we didn't know what to think. What happened to the two-seater roadster we have come to love? Many automakers are expanding their lineups to include new model families, much like Land Rover with the Discovery. Audi has decided to jump on the bandwagon and debut in China the TT Offroad concept. According to Ulrich Hackenberg, head of Technical Development, this is just "a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in a future TT family." The latest Audi concept will feature a plug-in hybrid drive, delivering 408 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Not bad for such a small SUV. With a 0 to 60 time of 5.2 seconds, the TT Offroad concept is able to travel just over 31 miles on only electric power, but it has a total range of 546.8 miles. Drivers can choose between three available drive modes--EV, Hybrid, and Sport--to fit different road conditions.
The concept also showed off two new driver assist systems that are just about ready for production. The intersection assistant will help with avoiding side-impact collisions, or at least help reduce the severity of that type of accident, while the online traffic light information helps drivers know what speed they need to drive to reach the next traffic light while it's still green. We like the idea of the first system, but the second seems like it could be all sorts of trouble. But what struck us the most about this new concept was the body design. When we hear a new TT concept is debuting, we think of the little roadster, not a compact SUV. The TT Offroad concept is a smaller version of the Q3, but it features many of the same design cues. And while an SUV may not show too many similarities with a small coupe, there are elements of the two-seater in the concept. Source: Audi