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Compact crossover likely to be 4th entry in Audi's TT lineup

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BEIJING -- Audi's TT Off-road Concept, a compact crossover unveiled at the auto show here, is expected to become the fourth member of the sporty TT family.

The production version, which sources say may be called the TTQ, is likely to debut in about two years and will be based on Volkswagen Group's MQB modular architecture. It will be similar in size to Audi's Q3 but will compete with sportier entries such as the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan.

The production model would extend Audi's Q crossover range to five models -- in addition to the Q1, Q3, Q5 and Q7 -- and the TT range to four models.

At the Geneva show in March, Audi unveiled the third-generation TT coupe. Its roadster variant is scheduled to debut in October at the Paris auto show. The third TT variant will be a two-door sporty wagon previewed by the Allroad Shooting Brake concept that Audi unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January. Timing for that version has not been announced.

"The Audi TT Offroad Concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family," said Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi's head of technical development. He said the concept combines the sporty genes of the TT with the strengths of a compact SUV.

Hackenberg, who developed the first-generation TT in the 1990s, supports naming the BMW X4 rival the TTQ, sources said.

The concept's plug-in hybrid drive system combines a 292-hp 2.0 TFSI gasoline turbo engine with two electric motors for a total output of 408 hp.

Audi says the 479.2 pounds-feet of torque, resulting from the combination of an internal combustion engine with the electric motors, generates almost the performance of a sports car. Audi said the show car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds and can reach an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.

The Audi TT Offroad Concept can travel more than 30 miles solely on electric power.

You can reach Luca Ciferri at lciferri@crain.com.


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