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Tony O'Kane | Feb, 18 2015 | 1 Comment

The five-door TT Sportback concept that debuted at last year's Paris Motor Show has a strong chance of becoming the next bodystyle variant in Audi's TT family, according to a company insider.

One of three TT-based concepts revealed by the German automaker last year, the TT Sportback adds more length, two more doors and significantly more passenger space to the TT's platform.

It differs markedly from the other two concepts - the Allroad Shooting Brake and TT Offroad - by being the sole non-SUV design in the trio.

A report last month suggested that the five-door TT Offroad (below) would likely become the third member of the TT family, but it's understood by TMR that the sleeker TT Sportback has generated a more positive response, boosting its chances of a production debut.

While nothing has been formally announced, Audi Australia's product manager for TT, Peter Strudwicke, told TMR that the TT Sportback would be a welcome addition to the range - but that a TT Offroad-based derivative would also be a natural fit.

"If it (TT Sportback) was to become available we’d really be interested in looking at it," Strudwicke said.

"To be honest, Australians like SUVs as well, so we’ll take anything they give us. We’d be interested in any kind of variant as long as it’s authentically TT."

But as for further growth of the TT family, Strudwicke said there's been no commitment beyond adding one extra model to the range.

"[Audi] has only talked about one so far. I’m not aware of any plans beyond that," he confirmed.

The all-new third-generation TT officially launches in Australia this Friday, with the core models of the TT Coupe range going on sale with prices starting at $71,950 for the entry-level TT Sport, powered by a 169kW/370Nm 2.0 litre turbo engine.

Watch out for our first drive review on Friday.

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