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.
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Detroit is slowly becoming a second home to the quattro. At last year’s North American International Auto Show, Audi unveiled the hyper-powered RS7 Sportback and a gasoline version of the SQ5 to the world. A stylish, all-wheel driveline of vehicles appearing during winter (who in Detroit wouldn’t go gaga over an Audi?). In preparations for the upcoming 2014 show in the Motor City, Audi has now presented some renderings of a crossover-style show vehicle.
A creation lacking a name at this time, the Audi concept vehicle will introduces itself as a two-door crossover. However, Audi appears purposeful in stating this show car exhibits crossover-like qualities. With a quartet of rendered images giving an indication for what will be shown early next year in Detroit, the Audi show car is themed as a compact vehicle “for everyday driving and recreational use”.
When premiering at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the German concept is a 13.78-foot long re-education in crossover design. Baring a mild resemblance to the Volkswagen Cross Coupe Concept that was auto show fixture throughout 2012 and this year, the most discriminating detail between the two concept vehicles, the Audi show car is depicted a two-door. Described as a shooting brake design, the Audi concept is borrowing styling influence from across their production model range. The front nose’s details scream to the aggression of the Audi RS5. An essence of another recent Audi concept is also conveyed with this upcoming 2014 design study. Headlamps and side intake shape are very much like what was shown in Frankfurt onboard the Sport Quattro Concept. A “quattro“ nameplate similar to the one fitted to the Audi RS7 also adorns 2014 show car as a chrome piece. The all-wheel drive 2014 Audi show car will also incorporate attributes of the Allroad wagons as it reveals trail-worthy technology. An underbody guard made of aluminum serves as a shield for off-road riding.
Similar to what was seen on the Audi Sport Quattro Concept, the low roof profile for this 2014 Audi show car design is unlike anything found on the premium car company’s current production line of crossover vehicles. The only true crossover detail to be presented on the Audi show car will be a high ground clearance. 19-inch wheels will be worn by the Audi compact shooting brake design study (It‘s hard to say but the renderings appear to show an embellished preview to the wheel pattern).
With few details provided for the exterior, the composition of the Audi show car’s interior is restricted to only a sketch at this time. From what is shown in the artist rendering, the interior of the new Audi show car appears modern but modest.
According to some reports, the Audi two-door show car appearing at the 2014 North American International Auto Show could be known as the Q1. The German premium car brand has already confirmed the Audi Q1 will be part of 2016 line-up.
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