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New Audi TT Will Be Radically Different

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The Audi TT’s future replacement is currently codenamed the eTTron.

For over 20 years, the TT has served as Audi's entry-level sports car, but slow sales and an ambitious electrification strategy have forced the automaker to make some significant changes to the sports coupe. We've known for a while now that the Audi TT will live on as a fully electric model after production of the current model ends in a few years. But while we assumed the next-generation electric TT will stick to its sports car roots, AutoExpress reports it will be transformed into an electric SUV.

2016-2020 Audi TT Coupe Front View Driving Audi
2016-2020 Audi TT Coupe Rear View Audi

According to the publication, the fourth-generation TT's working name is eTTron, which suggests the TT will be sold as part of the automaker's electric e-tron family alongside the e-tron SUV, e-tron Sportback, and the production version of the e-tron GT. In terms of design, the eTTron will take the form of a sporty crossover with a length of around 14 feet, making it more compact than the Q3 albeit much lower. Significant changes will be found inside the cabin, too. The current TT introduced Audi's Virtual Cockpit technology, and the new model will be even more hi-tech inside as the interior will reportedly replace manual switches and dials with Tesla-style digital displays.

To keep the selling price of the eTTron on par with the current model, Audi will reportedly develop the electric crossover on VW Group's MEB architecture, which also underpins the VW ID.3 hatchback. For reference, the current model starts at $44,900.

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Like the current TT, the eTTron will be sold with several powertrain options. The entry-level eTTron will be rear-wheel drive and powered by a single electric motor delivering over 200 hp, while a higher-spec version comparable to the TT RS will be driven by an electric motor on each axle for four-wheel drive delivering a combined output of over 400 hp. Available battery sizes will include 45kWh, 58kWh and 78kWh packs providing a range between 200 and 340 miles. Whether the eTTron's performance and handling can retain the current TT's sporty credentials remains to be seen.

The eTTron will be part of Audi's electric onslaught, as the automaker intends to launch 20 fully electric models by the middle of the next decade.

2018-2019 Audi TT RS Top View Audi
2018-2019 Audi TT RS In Motion Audi

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2016-2020 Audi TT Coupe Front View Driving
2016-2020 Audi TT Coupe Front View Driving
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2018-2019 Audi TT RS Front Three-Quarter Right Side View
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