Audi has released a sketch that reveals the styling of the new 2016 Audi TT sports coupe, and it looks more low-slung, more athletic, and more aggressive than its predecessor. The new TT will make its worldwide debut at the 2014 Geneva auto show next month before going on sale in the U.S. sometime in 2015 as a 2016 model.
Over the past few months, we have gradually seen more and more of the new Audi TT thanks to numerous spy shots of the car as well as the full TT interior that was shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to showcase the car’s technology. The Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept from the Detroit auto show also previewed the look of this TT very closely, from the exterior lines to the interior technology. This sketch now gives us the best look yet at the TT’s redone sheetmetal, and it looks much like we expected.
Audi emphasizes that this Audi TT combines elements of the original TT from 1998 as well as aspects of the Audi R8 supercar. Starting at the front, the TT features a wide, squared-off grille, with two contours rising along the hood that make a V-shape. This grille is flanked by two trapezoidal, swept-back headlights with optional LED or matrix LED technology, although the latter is not yet approved for the U.S. Moving along the side, the TT displays a strong character line that extends to the rear taillights, which integrate into a rounded rear end with a short deck and wide hips. This rear end is where the Audi R8 inspiration is most obvious, as the taillight shape combined with the steeply-sloped rear glass are reminiscent of Audi’s supercar.
Beyond the sporty new look, the 2016 Audi TT will also receive an all-new interior which takes Audi’s MMI infotainment system in a different direction. Instead of a centrally-mounted display screen and controller, the TT moves all infotainment displays to the fully-digital gauge cluster in front of the driver. This multifunction screen can be controlled by buttons on the steering wheel as well as voice commands, making for a much simpler center stack with climate controls integrated into the air vents. Look for this interesting design to propagate across the Audi lineup in the future.
As far as powertrains, we are expecting the U.S.-spec Audi TT to debut with the venerable 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which should produce between 210 and 220 hp in the base car. This engine will be paired with either DSG or manual transmissions and, presumably, Quattro all-wheel drive. Uprated TT variants like the Audi TTS are likely to follow with high-powered versions of the same engine, and a replacement for the TT RS is likely, possibly with that car’s same 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine.
The current Audi TT will continue to be sold in the U.S. as a 2015 model, with this new 2016 TT arriving sometime next year on our shores. Look for more information and official photos of the 2016 Audi TT to come nearer to the car’s debut in Geneva.