TT-licious: Audi’s Latest Crossover Concept Evokes the TT Coupe [2014 Beijing Auto Show]

Audi Debuting Q4 Concept in Beijing

Audi will grace the upcoming auto show in Beijing with a concept that could preview a sporty four-door crossover. The yet-unnamed vehicle elaborates on the Allroad Shooting Brake concept, which was launched at the Detroit auto show in January 2014 as a preview of the third-generation TT. As with the Allroad Shooting Brake concept, the Beijing vehicle will integrate a lot of design elements from the TT, including its head- and taillights and the trademark aluminum fuel-filler cap. The interior will be virtually identical with the TT’s, featuring a TFT display in front of the driver that includes information that would normally be shown on a centrally mounted screen.

As with the Allroad Shooting Brake concept, the Beijing offering will be fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that includes a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine. Performance ratings for the all-wheel-drive concept will remain close to the Shooting Brake’s 408 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. A new inductive battery charging system used on the concept called “Audi wireless charging” previews a technology slated for series production. A dual-clutch automatic with steering-wheel paddle shifters is slated to be standard fare.

Audi Debuting Q4 Concept in Beijing

Audi’s new concept will stand on 21-inch aluminum wheels and feature what Audi calls an “intelligent material mix” that includes carbon-fiber composite material. LED headlights that evoke the look of the conventional headlamps on the original 1980 Quattro will be used. The Beijing vehicle will do without laser lights, which Audi promises will be rushed into series production on another model before the end of 2014.

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Slightly bigger than a TT, the new concept will closely shadow the dimensions of the compact Q3 crossover, featuring four doors, a liftgate, and four seats. As a “pronounced SUV character” was a priority, the Beijing offering will emphasize ample ground clearance. Notably, this concept will not be called the Q4; Audi insists it is a variation of the TT family.

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