It seems he knew the answer, with Hackenberg stating in a release that the five-door Audi TT Offroad Concept crossover is “a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in a future TT family”.
Bearing many of the styling features of the all-new TT coupe revealed at the 2014 Geneva motor show in March – not to mention the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept two-door crossover uncovered at the Detroit show in January – the TT Offroad Concept adds the extra practicality of a set of rear doors, a higher ride height, 21-inch wheels and more rugged exterior design.
Measuring 4.39 metres long, 1.85m wide and 1.53m tall with a wheelbase of 2.63m, the TT Offroad is a similar size to the brand’s current small SUV, the Q3 – though that car sits eight centimetres taller.
Audi has fitted the TT Offroad Concept with its e-tron plug-in hybrid drivetrain consisting of two electric motors (40kW at the front and 85kW at the rear axle) that is teamed to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine. It produces a maximum of 300kW of power and 650Nm of torque, and is claimed to sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h. Despite offering plenty of punch, Audi says its claimed fuel use is just 1.9L/100km on the European test cycle.
The powertrain features a conventional plug-in option, but Audi has also fitted the car with an inductive wireless charge system. The system uses a plate with a coil and inverter that can be plugged into a wall and left in the car’s regular parking space. Audi says the charging process starts when the car drives onto the plate, and takes as long as a regular plug, claiming the systme is “90 per cent efficient”.
Inside, the TT Offroad Concept boasts a near-identical interior to the production TT coupe, though the SUV version has four full-sized seats. The new digital dashboard display with maps, controls and media integration sits in front of the driver, while the rest of dash closely mirrors the production two-door, with neat air-vents with integrated temperature controls and a newly designed shift-lever for the six-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox.
The show car has a trio of tablets for use by the passengers inside and outside the car, and even adds a few extra cup-holders for in-cabin comfort. Audi makes no mention of the boot space of the new model, but the company says a box in the cargo-hold houses a 1:18 scale remote control car modelled on the yellow crossover.