Official design sketches of Audi’s forthcoming TT have been unveiled ahead of its Geneva debut. With the TT proving to be such a popular model throughout its lifetime, the motoring press has their appetites wet.
Whilst the actual revealing of the new TT in the flesh won’t occur any sooner than the Geneva Motor Show in March, the official design sketches provide a brilliant depiction of what everyone can expect.
Admittedly, the new TT has been subject to VAG’s trend of design conservatism, as also demonstrated with the new Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf MK7. Despite this business as usual approach, the new car’s subtle new styling makes for a rather beautiful design. The most noticeable difference would certainly be the large hexagonal grill, borrowed from other Audi stable mates. The top half of the grill now forms a more flat shape, providing a lower and more aggressive stance. In addition, the contours on the bonnet provide a striking V-shape which once again leads the design to appear crouching and poised for attack. Quite obviously altered is the position of the typical Audi four-ringed emblem on the front end. Echoing designs from the Audi R8, and arguably Volkswagen Scirocco, the badge is now situated on top of the bonnet, just scraping the edge of the nose.
Continuing the evident theme of dominant horizontals, the use of struts acts as a contrast for both the headlights and front air intakes. The headlight’s take on this design is more than just for cosmetic fashion; they are actually structured with the divider struts to act as reflectors for the daytime running lights. Audi can even supply the headlights as an option with LED technology or its pioneering Matrix LED technology, where controllable individual light-emitting diodes generate the main beam. Such intelligent technology has previously been tried and tested upon the luxurious Audi A8.
Conservatism pays a surprise visit in the general shape of the coupe design, with many design cues paying homage to the first generation’s classic design. The front wheel arches similarly protrude over the bonnet opening, adding a familiar muscular stance to the vehicle. Sharp creases in the bonnet also return home for the 2014 edition, along with a familiar C-pillar design towards the rear. Design similarities also pave way to more contemporary design quirks, such as a minor kink in the C-Pillar design, differing from the current model’s smooth integration to a single point. A slight lip as the C-Pillar emerges onto the boot also adds a little kick to the punch. Not to mention the familiar prominent tornado line, which has also dominantly featured on the current Audi A3.
Moving onto the rear, the design features brand new tail-lights which also continue the dividing struts theme demonstrated at the front end. As is becoming the norm with the Volkswagen Group and innovated by Audi, the rear reflectors remain permanently on and act as the rear daytime running lights – exactly as the headlights do. Similarly to every Audi S model, the rear will also feature two separate exhaust pipes, with the TTS featuring four.
A light interior space design is also promised, apparently evoking the clean sports car character of the next generation Audi TT. The centre console and door trims have flowing, matching shapes. Seen from above, the dashboard is said to resemble the wing of an aircraft. The round air vents have a turbine-like appearance and incorporate the air conditioning controls. This solution – and the elimination of the central MMI monitor, now replaced by the Audi virtual cockpit – paves the way for the dashboard’s remarkably slim architecture.
With Audi increasing their global car sales output by 8.3 per cent, to 1,575,500 units in 2013, the new Audi TT certainly has a lot of hype to live up to. The new model certainly looks the part. No doubt, with the brand’s current impressive feats of engineering, the new TT promises to be the best yet.