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Our vigilant European spies have sent us these photos of a fully camouflaged 2015 Audi TT out in the open, travelling in a close convoy with a bunch of current TT coupes and its closest rivals, the Peugeot RCZ and Mercedes-Benz SLK. On-road evaluations and benchmarking programmes must be in order.

First, the obvious point. The third-generation TT looks remarkably similar to the model it’s set to replace in 2015 or late next year, retaining the signature silhouette and basic proportions of Audi’s style-driven coupe. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, really, considering that its appearance has been the TT’s strongest suit over two generations now.

New to the fold appear to be a more angular front end, featuring smaller and sharper headlamps. Take a look at Audi’s two most recent design studies – the Nanuk and Sport Quattro concepts – to have an idea of the company’s future family look. Also, expect the next TT to have a sharp-edged hexagonal grille already previewed on the TT ultra quattro concept.

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To be built on Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform, the 2015 Audi TT promises to be lighter and more dynamic than before. More power from a similar range of petrol and diesel engines and a choice of front-wheel drive or quattro drivetrains are a given. A 180 hp 1.8 litre TFSI should form the baseline model, followed by 2.0 litre TFSI and TDI variants with 220 hp and 150 hp respectively.

The existing TT-S and TT-RS high-performance models should be replaced too. The former will have the 300 hp 2.0 litre turbo engine already used in the Volkswagen Golf R Mk7 and Audi S3 at its disposal, while the quattro GmbH-developed RS model will share its mechanicals with the upcoming near-360 hp RS 3 Sportback.