Ingolstadt, Germany – Some future strategy for the Audi A3 is being redone at corporate headquarters in Ingolstadt. In the cards for the major model changeover for the A3 that is scheduled for 2018 will be a Sportback Allroad crossover, a four-passenger TT concept (which would replace the current A3 three-door hatchback), and even a compact van.
According to the rumor mill, Audi’s plan calls for even more derivatives of the Allroad concept, including an A5 Sportback and A7 Sportback. In the long run, we might see even more sedans and wagons configured in the Allroad crossover style.
What exactly is the Audi TTC, you ask? It is a cool and compact four-passenger coupe that is more or less loosely related to the iconic Audi TT. Right now, the TT is available as two-passenger car in either coupe or convertible form. For late 2016, Audi insiders are predicting the introduction of the Audi TTQ crossover, which is a more dynamic and more upmarket evolution of the Audi Q3. For a more distant future, the Audi TTC would be a new, entry-level Audi sports car that could seat four passengers.
The TTC must be roomier, more practical and more affordable than the Audi TT, and more like the Hyundai Veloster or Volkswagen Scirocco. If the sports car market does indeed move toward less pricey products, we might even see an Audi TTR 2+2, even though this would kill off the Audi A3 convertible. Preliminary work on the TTC concept has already begun. At the end of the day, its fate depends primarily on the shape that the next-generation TT will take. In case the fourth-generation front-engine TT due in 2021 steps down half a notch in the Audi product scheme to make room for the Audi R5 mid-engine sports car (powered exclusively by five-cylinder engines), the four-passenger TTC might be a perfectly viable third body style for the TT family.