Why This Crossover Might Actually Be The 2015 Audi TT In Disguise

In 2005, Audi previewed the second-generation Audi TT in the form of a three-door hatch concept. Now Audi is showing off another three-door hatch concept on the eve of unveiling the third-generation 2015 Audi TT. See a trend here?

The 2005 concept was the Shooting Brake. It had the same headlights as the second-gen TT released in 2006. It had the same taillights. It had the same interior and the same detailing, from the sculpted side panels to the freestanding door mirrors. The Shooting Brake was the next TT, only with a different roof.

And so in 2013, Audi shows off another three-door hatch concept, this time a little taller, and this time without a name. We have ever reason to believe that it will have the same headlights, taillights, interior, and detailing as the upcoming third-generation TT.


Why? Well, history is one thing, setting a very clear precedent for how Audi does things. Beyond that we have spy shots of the 2015 Audi TT, and they seem to match up with this concept front to back. You can see some good ones over on Road and Track right here. The front lights and grill match up perfectly between this unnamed crossover concept and the spy shots, for instance.

So we have every indication that this concept is the next Audi TT, only with some plastic body cladding, a higher ride height, and a more practical roof instead of a saucy coupe.

Audi Teases Concept That's So Exciting It Doesn't Have A Name

Another auto show, another Audi concept. Curiously, all Audi is just calling these sketches the "Audi show car" and a "compact sports car." No it isn't. But it's probably a concept bound for the Detroit Auto Show previewing the Audi Q1 that's just been confirmed.

Audi released these sketches yesterday along with some details that drop some heavy hints about this being influenced Sport Quattro Concept we saw at Frankfurt a few months ago. They call it a "crossover for all roads and tracks, for everyday driving and recreational use." So, like a crossover.


At less than 14 feet long, this is definitely a compact show car. In fact, pretty much on par with the Mini Paceman that it seems to be aping with its two doors and four-seat layout.

What Audi's super proud of, however, is the design – err... the "pioneering design, with precise lines and taut surfaces." I think what they're trying to say is that it looks like an Audi.

What they don't say is what it's going to be powered by or anything important like that.


We hope there's more to tell when Audi shows off this concept next month in Detroit.


Photos: Audi