The German automaker released sketches of the all-new Audi TT, to be revealed at upcoming Geneva Motor Show, unveiling some hints about the upgraded model. The sketch unveils some subtle design changes, including a badge moved from grille to bonnet. Key among the enhancements brought to TT is the integration of more angular detailing. These official sketches unveil redesigned air ducts, sharper looking single frame grille and newly designed headlights amongst other new styling elements. While we look forward to some of the high-end gizmos of Audi A3, it’s the all-mew TT we really want to drive. The automaker seems to know this, dribbling out info a little at a time before the vehicle’s Geneva Motor Show debut in March. At Consumer Electronics Show, we saw TT’s Virtual Cockpit, a large step forward for the company’s cabin tech.
Overall, it looks like an Audi TT. The sketches show little dome-topped sportscar, identical to that of original TT. Nonetheless, new details become apparent in the images. Traditional cues include horizontal feature line intersecting taillamps for providing added visual width at the back, liftback style tailgate, heavily curved roofline, defined shoulder line running the entire length of flanks from headlamps to taillamps, sizeable wheel houses and prominent wheelarch flares. Its taillamps and headlamps also intricate LED imbued graphics. Set to be revealed at Geneva Auto Show, the Audi TT drops the platform of today’s 2nd gen model for a more modern underpinnings integrating elements of patent company latest MQB platform of Volkswagen.
The new Audi TT’s exterior will use a combination of aluminum and steel in an effort to bring it in below 1260kg. Its suspension uses multilink rear and MacPherson struts at front; albeit the addition of newly designed electro-mechanical steering system and greater number of aluminum components is claimed to offer the vehicle with sharper responses. Powering the new TT will be turbocharged 4-cylinder transversely mounted petrol powerplants. Amongst the upgraded engines planned include 2.0 liter 217bhp and 1.8 liter 177bhp versions of Audi-designed EA888 unit in TT 2.0 T and TT 1.8 T variants respectively. Transmissions include optional dual clutch 6-speed S-Tronic with steering column mounted paddle shifters and 6-speed manual. Shoppers can also choose from optional all wheel drive and front wheel drive system.
From the beginning of sales, the 296-horsepower 2.9 liter all-wheel drive TTS version is expected to join the lineup and will be followed next year by a successor to the top-of-the-line TT RS running a heavily redesigned version of 2.5 liter turbocharged petrol 5-cylinder powerplant generating 360 horsepower. Also in line is the TT 2.0 TDI propelled by 177-horsepower version of the company’s 4-cylinder diesel 2.0 liter turbocharged powerplant. The interior of TT gets dashboard heavily inspired by the one used in A3, featuring a 12-inch TFT instrument screen, which can be tailored between a more conventional-looking analogue layout and digital screen. Asserting more of family identity to the automaker’s potent R8, the single frame grille of TT gets size reduction and 4 rings, which make Audi badge move to the hood.
The new Audi TT is expected to be revealed on 4th March 2014 at Geneva Motor Show.