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08 April 2014

Is this the new Audi TT SUV?

Crossover-SUV concept set for Beijing Motor Show; more than a whiff of TT about it

Vijay Pattni
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Audi has revealed sketches of a new crossover SUV concept it plans on revealing at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show. That's it, above.

There's more than a whiff of TT about the ‘Showcar' concept's design. And we've been told the concept also uses the upcoming TT's transverse engine layout. The body is, in essence, a stretched and raised TT too. That means there would be lots of aluminium, to keep it light. And the dash is just like the new TT's screen-based setup.

That would make it a more compact crossover than things like the BMW X4 or Porsche Macan. A wearable SUV, if you like.

Now, remember back in January, at the Detroit Motor Show when Audi's R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg told TopGear how the new TT has much more potential, and that the market trend is for smaller crossovers? "You could do a crossover TT," he told us.

Tech-wise, it'd be nice to see the same hybrid drivetrain as used on the Allroad Shooting Brake we saw in Detroit, which utilized a 292bhp 2.0-litre TFSI engine from the S3, along with a hybrid motor sat between the engine and S-Tronic gearbox. In total, that Shooting Brake produced 408bhp and went from 0-100kph in 4.6 seconds.

You're also looking at four-wheel-drive, and space for just four people inside. And, um, that's about all we can say. We'll give you more as soon as we get it. Until then, let us know your considered opinion in the handy space below.

Tags: audi, suv, tt, audi tt, beijing 2014

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