Audi has unveiled the TT offroad concept today in Beijing, showing the company's intentions to roll out a TT-based crossover.

Audi has unveiled the TT offroad concept today in Beijing, showing the company's intentions to roll out a TT-based crossover.

Audi already dropped a few hints about expanding the third-gen TT family lineup and it seems one of the potential candidates is a crossover. The concept is described as blending the "sportiness of a coupe with the lifestyle and utility of a compact SUV" but as far as styling is concerned it looks basically like the new TT on high heels.

It has a hybrid powertrain encompassing a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 292 PS (215 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) working together with two electric motors delivering an additional 115 PS (85 kW) and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) to generate a combined output of 408 PS (300 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm). This hardware setup allows the TT offroad concept reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.2 seconds and an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) or 80 mph (130 km/h) when relying solely on electric power.

Audi says the vehicle has a 54:46 weight distribution and thanks to the 12 kWh battery it can travel in electric mode for up to 31 miles (50 km) while as a hybrid it will do up to 546 miles (880 km). Fuel consumption stands at just 1.9 liters / 100 km (123 mpg US or 148 mpg UK) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 45 g/km.

In terms of dimensions it resembles the Q3 but it's 8 cm lower and has received massive 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in 255/40 tires. The 2014 TT-derived interior can host up to four people on slim sport seats and in the trunk there's a custom box with a 1:8 scale RC car along with space for tools and battery. If more cargo room is required, the individual rear seats can be folded almost flat to enable a wide load area.

Additional details can be found in the attached press release.

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