Making passengers fold themselves up to get into the back of a car is becoming increasingly unfashionable. Sports cars have always been a small-selling market – few people can live with their impracticality or can afford to have one as a second car – but even one of the more popular, mainstream coupes is growing up and completely changing.
Yep, the Audi TT will be made into a crossover, Auto Express reports, with back doors that are big enough for humans to get in and a boot space big enough for all the paraphernalia of a young family. We expect it’ll still have massive air intakes on the front bumper and massive wheels, in an attempt to look sporty, but it won’t look anywhere near as lithe as a low, two-door coupe.
Plus, the next TT will only come with a plug socket, not a fuel filler cap. We’ve known for a while that Audi was planning to make the TT electric, but it’s rumoured that the new model will be called the Audi eTTron – highlighting its embrace of electrification. The range is likely to be between 200 and 350 miles, depending on the version you choose.
It has been suggested that, like the current car, you’ll be able to buy TTs with different power outputs. The entry-level car should have around 200bhp, while a range-topping model with over 400bhp would be the equivalent of today’s five-cylinder TT RS. Like the bulk of the VW Group’s electric cars, it’ll sit on the same MEB platform as the VW ID 3.
We’ve also heard that the interior will get an upgrade, and that Audi will push the TT upmarket. The current TT introduced the Virtual Cockpit – now standard across the Audi range – and the next model will be just as groundbreaking, with a massive Tesla-style infotainment touchscreen that’ll control almost everything including the climate control.
The future of the TT has been in doubt for some time, as five years ago it was suggested that the sports car could grow into a four-door coupe or even an SUV. It’ll be more expensive than the current car, but will be one of a whole range of electric Audi models.
What do you think of an electric TT crossover?