Audi is set to build a jacked-up and slightly more practical version of its TT sports car, if reports out of Europe are to be believed.
The German carmaker appears keen on the idea, having put the feelers out twice in 2014 through two TT concepts.
Each was designed to preview the new TT’s styling, but the UK’s Car reports that at least one of them will soon be put into production.
And it’s expected to be the Offroad Concept from the Beijing Auto Show rather than the Allroad, based on a belief the Allroad’s interior would be overly cramped in production guise.
The Allroad’s shooting brake styling was also deemed a liability, as the model may only be popular in European markets.
Audi’s TT Sportback concept was also reportedly rejected, as its four-door coupe styling may not lend itself to a usable road-going model with small doors and a high boot-line.
The report quotes an anonymous but senior source from Audi, saying the new model would be called ‘TTQ’ and perhaps alleviate Audi’s reported problem with the Q2 and Q4 names.
“We have no choice but to make a virtue out of necessity,” the source said.
“By taking the TTQ route, we avoid the confrontation with Fiat, we don’t overcrowd the Q corral, and we add a fresh twist to the TT theme.”
The TTQ would likely be driven by Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system, but isn't likely to feature any serious off-road ability.
The new model - effectively replacing any future ‘Q4’ while the name is unavailable - could appear at a motor show in 2016, before making its way into showrooms the following year.
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