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Audi TT Sportback Concept First Look

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/1/2014 Karla Sanchez

Audi's recent TT concepts hint that the German automaker has more in store for the nameplate than just coupe and convertible variants. A TT Offroad Concept bowed in Beijing, while a very TT-like Allroad Shooting Brake Concept was shown at the 2014 Detroit Show. Though production versions based off those concepts haven't been confirmed, the new TT Sportback debuting in Paris seems more promising since Audi board member Dr. Ulrich Hackenburg introduced it as a "new member of a potential TT family."

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© Provided by MotorTrend This new member looks much like the redesigned 2016 TT, but with, of course, more back. Longer by 11.4 inches, wider by 2.4 inches, and shorter in height by 1.2 inches, the TT Sportback has a 4.7-inch longer wheelbase that helps create sedan-like interior space for extra comfort. Its appearance suggests it’s anything but a sedan, with a flat greenhouse extending all the way to the rear. Up front, the TT Sportback features a unique honeycomb grille that's flatter and wider than the one on the TT. The grille is sandwiched between two large air inlets, and located above those are redesigned headlights with a new daytime running light structure featuring a new separator light. Around back, the taillights also have vertical separators and are linked together by the edge of the trunklid. Powerful and sharp lines emphasize the TT Sportback's wide rear, which is highlighted by two large elliptical-shaped exhaust pipes.

© Provided by MotorTrend Step inside, and Audi says the TT Sportback's cabin offers the functionality of a five-door door sedan. The headliner features a unique contour that accentuates the length of the interior, but even though Audi wants to emulate the comfiness of a sedan, certain details like the highly contoured sport seats reinforce this car's sporty nature. A long center console creates a very driver-centric space for whoever is at the wheel, and runs all the way back to the rear seats where it doubles as a comfortable armrest and storage compartment. At the center of the cockpit is the digital instrument cluster. Known as Audi's virtual cockpit, this new design replaces the conventional display and central MMI monitor. With this, the driver can switch to the 12.3-inch display at multiple levels using controls on the multifunction steering wheel or through the MMI rotary knob with a touchpad on the top. A new type of leather inside the concept appears to have a silky sheen, while a diamond pattern makes it look ultra-lux along with gray accent strips on the side bolsters and red stitching.

Now for the good stuff. The TT Sportback's engine bay is home to a 400-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four that makes 332 lb-ft of torque. Audi says that power allows the TT Sportback to hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds. A seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission relays that power to a Quattro all-wheel drive system. A number of revisions have been made to the powerplant, including special aluminum pistons with an integrated cooling channel. The turbocharger has also been revised in an effort to squeeze out more power.

The Audi TT Sportback will be shown in the flesh at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and you should probably get used to it since it could be the newest member of a TT family.

Audi TT Sportback Concept Front Three Quarter At Autoshow 1© Provided by MotorTrend Audi TT Sportback Concept Front Three Quarter At Autoshow 1
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