Audi has released a teaser video in anticipation of a new model that will debut on February 12. The video shows a truck making its way up a hill in South Africa, and we think it’s likely that the next-generation 2016 Audi TT is inside.
Audi has previously announced that the 2016 TT would launch this year. We’ve also already seen the advanced new interior of the 2015 Audi TT at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a few weeks ago, and Audi said at the 2014 Detroit auto show that the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is meant to preview the look of the next TT coupe.
We expect the new Audi TT to be built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB modular platform that underpins the new Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3. Spy photos of Audi TT prototypes show a longer, wider overall shape, with shorter overhangs and a sportier look overall. The front end should look much like the Allroad Shooting Brake concept, with its swept-back headlights and hexagonal grille shape. The rear of the new Audi TT looks to imitate the Audi R8 supercar, with an extended rear glass, low decklid, and wide fenders.
In the U.S., we expect to see the familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as standard equipment, paired with both manual and automatic transmissions as well as front- or all-wheel drive. Higher-performance TT S and TT RS models may follow down the road, either with high-powered versions of this same engine or an updated 2.5-liter inline-five cylinder from the last TT RS. We know that Audi will continue to sell the current TT this year as a 2015 model, so it's unlikely the car would go on sale in the U.S. before January 2015 as a 2016 model.
It’s also possible that the new Audi vehicle inside the truck is the next-generation Audi Q7 SUV. We reported last year that the Q7 was up for an emergency redesign to give it a more toned-down look to fit in with the rest of the Audi lineup. Like before, this seven-seat crossover will share its platform with the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne.
Check back on February 12 to see which new Audi is inside the mysterious truck in South Africa.