Audi chief confirms third TT bodystyle … but will it be a crossover?

Audi has all but confirmed it will expand the TT lineup with a sporty crossover in the not-too-distant future.

Speaking at the launch of the third-gen TT coupe in Spain, Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed a third variant of the TT will be introduced shortly. He did not provide specific details but he revealed the TT offroad concept (pictured) that bowed in Beijing last April “provides an insight into how we might envisage a new model in a future TT family.”

The production-bound TT crossover is expected to be nearly identical to the TT offroad concept. It will borrow styling cues such as angular lights on both ends and pronounced wheel arches from the TT coupe but it will pack four doors, a noticeably higher ground clearance as well as plastic trim over the rocker panels and the wheel arches.

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Inside, the TT coupe’s driver-focused dashboard and innovative fully digital instrument cluster will be carried over to the crossover. Similarly, the soft-roader will share the bulk of its gasoline- and diesel-burning engines with its two-door sibling.

Audi has previously announced the star of its booth at next month’s Paris Motor Show will be the topless TT, meaning the crossover will likely be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March of next year.  When it lands, the rugged TT will fight head-to-head against the BMW X4 and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.