The crossover vehicle has presented many automakers an opportunity to explore different dimension of design. While some crossover designs seek optimal practicality, others re-imagine luxury in the larger interior confides. In the most radical form, the styling theme of crossover vehicles has consisted of threading sportiness into designs. The BMW X6, Acura ZDX and the Porsche Cayenne are a few production crossovers that have attempted to find a perfect marriage of performance car appearance with the proportions of a taller, utilitarian shape. At the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, Audi has lent the TT sports car nameplate to the German luxury brand’s conceptual study for their sport-oriented crossover.
A four-door crossover coated with Sonora Yellow paint, the Audi TT Offroad Concept spans 4.39 meters in length and 1.53 meters tall. The height of the concept vehicle is lower than that of the Audi Q5 and just 6 centimeters taller than the A4 Allroad. Utilizing the Audi Space Frame consisting of aluminum and steel construction, the Audi TT Offroad Concept is provided with an almost sedan-like appearance. Aspects seen on the 2015 Audi TT also radiate over the entire composition of the show car. The arching of the roof for the crossover concept vehicle is very much attributed to the new TT coupe.
The Audi TT Offroad Concept functions as a plug-in hybrid embodying e-tron technology configured around gasoline engine and two electric motors. Gasoline power is sourced from a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder powerplant generating 288 horsepower and 280.3 pound-feet of torque. However, for up to the first 50 kilometers (31.1 miles of the Audi TT Offroad Concept‘s trip, the vehicle runs off a 12 kWh capacity battery powering a 40-kilowatt and an 85-kilowatt electric motor. The lower-powered motor is integrated with the TFSI engine while the 85-kilowatt unit is designed to be independent. EV mode, Hybrid and Sport mode are featured with the TT Offroad Concept’s powertrain. Working together, the drivetrain receives up to 402 horsepower of propulsion. An Audi e-S tronic six-speed dual-clutch transmission channels power through an intelligent all-wheel drive system. The hybrid technology onboard the Audi TT Offroad Concept manages wheel spin based on the vehicle’s driving mode.
One method exhibited for charging lithium-ion battery pack of the TT Offroad Concept is Audi Wireless Charging technology. Using inductive charging system said to be 90 percent efficient, the vehicle charges overtop of a plate while parked. Through Audi Wireless Charging, no contact is made between the charger and the Audi TT Offroad Concept during the replenishing of the battery.
Designed for four adult passengers, the Audi TT Offroad Concept’s interior is inspired by mood created inside the A7 Sportback and the recently introduced new TT coupe. Front and rear seats are contoured for a gripping hold for when the TT Offroad Concept is being put through its paces. Air vents are shaped to resemble jet engines and sport integrated climate controls. Similar to the experience inside the 2015 Audi TT, a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit is placed within the instrument panel providing the driver of a biased level of control. Basic readouts for speed as well as more sophisticated information like navigation, traffic and information on the Audi Wireless Charging technology is relayed to the driver through the Virtual Cockpit.
On the Audi TT Offroad Concept, passengers are treated to a series of interactive media solutions through Audi Smart Displays. Special tablets computers found inside the TT Offroad Concept but capable of operating outside the vehicle, the Audi Smart Displays allow DVD, television streaming as well as radio control. The Audi Smart Displays can also interact with the navigation system mapping and is Internet-ready with an LTE high-speed connection using a Google Chrome browser.
The Chinese auto market is among the most important sales environments for the 21st century. For Audi parent company Volkswagen Group, China has played an integral part in allowing the German car company to flourish into a major global player. In fact, Volkswagen’s was one of the first major automakers outside of the Chinese market to have a meaningful presence in the mainland. The luxury and premium car segment has been growing to an extent that every prestigious brand must be present. After the month of March, Audi has sold over 124,500 vehicles in China for 2014. For the Audi brand, sales total in China is greater than first-three months of sales in the regions of Germany, United States, Italy and Spain combined.
Information and photo source: Audi AG