New Audi TT will morph into a four-door coupe

New four-door Audi TT has been given the green light, and our exclusive images preview how it could look when it goes on sale

The next generation of the Audi TT will be dramatically overhauled, with the iconic sports car transforming into a more practical and profitable four-door coupe, Auto Express can exclusively reveal. And that new four-door TT will be in showrooms in less than two years.

Shrinking demand for sports cars and small coupes has forced Audi into a rethink for the next model. Audi Chairman Bram Schot revealed that the business case for the TT in its current form is difficult to justify, citing the need for the brand to invest in electrification and autonomous technologies.

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“I have something cooking that could replace a TT and could be a TT of the future – I think there is a future for an icon,” Schot told Auto Express. “But if that is to be the TT I am yet to decide. My heart bleeds when you ask that question but it comes back to what I said, we have to find a way to finance future development.”

The German firm first hinted at the idea of a four-door TT with the TT Sportback concept back at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. But four years down the line from that initial concept car Auto Express understands Audi has given the green light to the four-door TT that will serve as a direct replacement for the two-door model.

One Audi board member told us: “If you set falling demand against rising costs, it’s obvious Audi cannot sustain its present course in the medium term. Instead, there has been intensive consideration of the coupe and the convertible in the compact segment.”

The UK is a good barometer of how well the TT performs for Audi in the sales charts because it is the car’s third most successful market. Sales of the model peaked at 10,413 examples in the UK back in 2008 but they have failed to surpass that mark since. Our exclusive images preview the look of the car. The TT’s low-slung stance is still recognisable, only with an extended wheelbase and rear end added to accommodate the extra doors.

The overall proportions are expected to remain close to those of the original TT Sportback concept, meaning the body will be around 290mm longer than today’s coupe, while 60mm will be added to the car’s width and 120mm to the wheelbase. The four-door is expected to be based on an updated version of the MQB platform that underpins the current TT.

Whereas today’s model, which has recently been updated, is only available with petrol engines, Audi will offer an extensive line-up of conventional and electrified powertrains on the next-generation version.

First to arrive will be a range of mild-hybrid petrol engines using 48-volt technology. This is designed to fill brief gaps of turbo lag and help improve economy by as much as 10 per cent. A new generation of electrified diesel engines will also be offered.

Plug-in hybrid technology will play a key role as well, as will the option of a fully electric model. Both of these will be a part of Audi’s plan to have 20 electrified vehicles on sale by 2025. The German manufacturer predicts that around 35 per cent of its overall sales will be accounted for by such models in the same timeframe.

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