We earlier showed you sketches of Audi’s Beijing 2014 show car that could preview an Audi Q4 SUV, essentially a coupe-like version of the Q3. Here are official images of the SUV, which is now officially called the Audi TT offroad concept show car.
The concept measures 4,390 mm long by 1,850 mm wide by 1,530 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,630 mm, dimensions resembling the Q3, although slightly shorter.
“The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family. It combines the sporty genes of the TT with the strengths of a compact Audi SUV. Its plug-in hybrid drive with the option of inductive charging is a major step toward the mobility of the future,” said Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, member of Audi’s Board of Management for technical development.
The concept car is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system which combines a 292 hp/380 Nm 2.0 TFSI engine with two electric motors. A clutch links the tranversely mounted 2.0 TFSI motor to a slim, disc-shaped 40 kW/220 Nm electric motor, which is integrated to a six-speed e-S tronic dual-clutch gearbox.
The other electric motor is in the rear axle, with the ability to produce 85 kW and 270 Nm independently of the front axle drive system. It also allows all-wheel-drive on hybrid mode. Total system output is 408 hp and 650 Nm of torque, while average fuel consumption is an incredibly efficient 1.9 litres per 100 km.
In front of the rear axle is a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery comprising eight modules. It contributes to the balanced 54:46 weight distribution between the front and rear axles and to the low centre of gravity. The battery stores up to 12 kWh of energy, enough for a zero emissions electric range of 50 km using the rear axle motor alone. EV mode can be active up to 130 km/h. The concept also implements Audi Wireless Charging, which allows the car to be charged on a plate via wireless induction.
The plate with a coil and an inverter is placed on the parking spot and connected to the power grid. The charging process begins automatically when the car drives onto the plate. The alternating magnetic field of the infrastructure side induces a 3.3 kW alternating current across the air gap in the secondary coil, which is integrated into the vehicle. Charging stops automatically when the battery is fully charged. It takes about as long as charging via a cable, and the driver can interrupt the process at any time.
The Audi Wireless Charging technology is claimed to be more than 90% efficient, and is not affected by weather factors such as rain, snow or ice. The alternating field, which is only generated when a car is on the plate, is said to be not harmful for people or animals.
Another new feature making its debut in the concept is a new ioniser, which is updated compared to the version of the system available in the A6 and A8. Audi says ionisation significantly improves the quality of the air in the cabin. The plan is for allergens to be neutralized in the future.
An LED light in the interior of the air vent lights up when the ioniser is turned on.