2017 Audi TTQ New Crossover SUV
Audi’s TT Offroad concept was revealed at the 2014 Beijing motor show. It came as part of company’s efforts to expand the TT family in the near future. Alongside the aforementioned TT Offroad, there were two other concept versions of the TT model, namely the Shooting Brake and TT Sportback concepts. However, the TT Offroad was deemed the best of those three versions and the company decided to go with it and announce it as the new crossover SUV. Once it enters production, it will be known as the 2017 Audi TTQ. The first models to leave Audi’s production facility are expected in late 2016 or early 2017.
2017 Audi TTQ Design and Specs
The brand new crossover SUV will actually be offered as a sportier version of the Audi Q3. The 2017 TTQ was originally intended to be sold as the Audi Q4. Since the Q2 and Q4 nameplates already belong to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the company decided to find a new solution to this problem. In order to preserve the letter Q in the new moniker, Audi came up with an idea to name their new crossover the TTQ.
The 2017 Audi TTQ will be based on the TT Offroad concept that uses the Volkswagen’s MQB platform. The vehicle’s dimensions are 4,390/1,850/1,530 mm (l/w/h), with the wheelbase of 2,630 mm. The TTQ crossover actually comes as a combination of a four-door coupe and an SUV model. Compared to the Audi Q3, it will feature a sportier exterior styling and better performance. That strategy is comparable to BMW’s treatment of the X3 and X4 crossover models.
As for the power department under the hood of the production-ready TTQ, it is yet to be officially confirmed. Rumor has it that the 2017 Audi TTQ should be powered by the same engine as the TT Offroad concept. It is a plug-in hybrid system that combines a 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline engine making 292 hp and 380 Nm with two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. One of the electric motors produces 40 kW and 220 Nm, while the other returns 85 kW and 270 Nm, plus the 12 kWh battery. The system is paired with a six-speed e-S tronic double-clutch transmission.
However, there is still plenty of time before the 2017 Audi TTQ hits the showrooms. That leaves a lot of room for possible changes and adjustments. And if Audi and FCA eventually come to an agreement concerning the nameplate issue, this all-new crossover SUV might even be sold as the 2017 Audi Q4.