Audi has been hard at work attempting to extend the TT lineup and develop a sub-brand from it to help increase sales without increasing costs too much. In this effort, the German automaker has actually exposed a couple of TT-based ideas in the last few years, including the 2014 TT Allroad, the 2014 TT Sportback, and the 2014 TT Offroad. For one reason or another, the first two models were ditched, but inning accordance with a report from CAR Magazine, the TT Offroad has actually received the green light for production under the TTQ name.
2018 Audi TTQ Design
As an enthusiast of the TT on the whole, I found the TT Offroad a little profane. To take the smooth styling of an icon like the Tourist Trophy and slap a set of big wheels and a jacked-up suspension on it just seems like a dish for a catastrophe. However, in this copycat world of 4 wheels, if one German company does it, they all do it. Since we currently have the X4, and quickly we’ll have the GLC Coupe, it’s only sound judgment that the 2018 Audi TTQ will be the next one to present.
The interior will likely not be too far off from that of the TT Offroad Concept, as it was not too futuristic to begin with. There will likely be a few changes, nevertheless. To begin with on the list will be the elimination of the thin-backed sports seats, as SUV motorists are looking for more convenience than these can likely provide. In addition, try to find the cramped 2 +2 seating to be replaced by a more traditional five-person seating arrangement.
I anticipate to see the 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster, the TT’s circular vents, as well as the flat-bottom wheel (on performance models) carry over from the concept into production. If Audi chooses to create an RS TTQ, search for those thin-backed sports seats to make a comeback. Generally, picture the TT’s cabin, just somewhat larger, with additional seating and more comfortable thrones.
2018 Audi TTQ Engine
I expect to see a drivetrain that imitates the TT. For those of you in Europe, the 2015 TT lineup consists of a 2.0-liter TDI engine with 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, a 2.0-liter TFSI with 230 horse power and 273 pound-feet of torque, and a high-output 2.0-liter TFSI with 310 horses and 273 pound-feet of twist. In the U.S., however, you can ignore that 2.0-liter TDI engine. In Europe, the 2018 Audi TTQ may come standard with front-wheel drive, however on this side of the pond I expect to see it offered specifically with quattro all-wheel drive.
2018 Audi TTQ Release Date and Price
Pricing isn’t really known yet, but with the BMW X4 as one of its primary rivals, look for the TTQ to start slightly under the Bimmer’s $44,700 base cost. If it undoubtedly makes it to production, try to find the TTQ to arrive sometime in 2017.