Audi has been working hard to try and stretch the TT line-up to a whole new level and at the same time create a sub-brand from it that will help it boost current sales without increasing the prices too much. With this in mind, the German based automaker has revealed some few TT model concepts in recent years, which includes the 2014 TT Allroad, 2014 TT Offroad, and 2014 TT Sportback.
For one reason or another, the 2014 TT Sportback and 2014 TT Allroad were all scrapped, but according to a well-researched article on CAR magazine, the TT Offroad has received the go ahead for production using the nameplate TTQ.
If you are fresh in the auto game then you might wonder why Audi gave it the name TTQ instead of the conventional Q4. Well, Fiat presently is the owner of the Q4 trademark and has no plans in relinquishing it back to Audi any time soon. Furthermore, if Audi was to put the Q4 name instead of the new TTQ would connect the automobile’s small sports car.
The following review will highlight some of the features you would expect from the new 2018 Audi TTQ however little as they would appear.
Exterior – Audi TTQ 2018
Do you still remember the TT Offroad Concept? In case you do, then you would share in the same school of thought as me – the vehicle was funky-looking. Well, according to CAR magazine, this swoopy crossover is actually the inspiration to the new model.
Carryover details will include a low roofline, increased ride height and a sporty hood. As a lover of the TT model, I found that the TT Offroad a little obscene. This was precipitated by the fact that the automaker took the sleek styling of the icon like the Tourist Trophy and created a set of big wheels and a screwed-up suspension on it. Seems to me like a big disaster that the automaker did on its part without considering traditional users of the vehicle.
The Germans automobile segment is however known for its copycat behaviour, once it is tried out in one company the rest follow suit. Since the company has already rolled out the X4 and poised to unleash the GLC Coupe, then it makes common sense that next in line would be the TTQ.
It is our hope that the company will embrace sober driving mechanics that will make up for the lack of headroom and cargo space.
Interior Spy Pics of the New Audi TTQ 2018
Interior wise, the vehicle will come with a cabin that will not be too far from the TT Offroad Concept, as it was undeniably way much futuristic in design. The vehicle will however come with unique designs that will adorn its interior as expected of any Audi vehicle.
Few unnecessary features like the thin-backed sports seats will be axed as Sports Utility Vehicle’s users are looking for a comfortable experience than these vehicles can afford. Furthermore, the cramped seating configuration of 2+2 will be replaced by a more classic one of up to five passengers.
Carry over features from the concept that I would campaign for to be included in the production model would include the 12.3” TFT instrument cluster, flat bottom steering wheel and TT’s circular vents. But in case the automaker chooses to create the RS TTQ model, then you should expect the thin-backed sports seats to make a comeback soon.
2018 Audi TTQ Engine Specs
The 2014 TT Off-road Concept had a 2L turbocharged petrol engine that produced about 292 hp as well as a pair of electric motors that made an extra 114 hp. with the combination, the vehicle was able to net over 408 hp and 479 pounds of torque, but chances of powering the TTQ with such an engine would have to wait a little.
As for the new 2018 Audi TTQ, I personally expect a powerplant that will mimic the TT model. And for those in Europe, the recently released 2015 TT line-up consists of a 2L TDI engine that generates up to 184 hp and 280 pounds of torque.
Next is the 2L TFSI engine that yields up to 310 hp and 273 pounds of torque. But, you can forget about the 2L TDI engine once you cross over to the United States. In Europe, the TTQ may come as standard with the FWD, however I expect the Audi to provide it exclusively as a Quattro AWD system in the U.S.
Prices and Release Date of the New Audi TTQ 2018
It is still hard to speculate the price that the new vehicle will come with, however you should expect the TTQ to start slightly under the price of the Bimmer which currently retails at around $44,700.
As for the release date, expect the new TTQ to hit showrooms sometime in 2017.