Anyone remember the four-doored Audi TT Sportback concept that was announced back in 2014? Apparently, it has been given the green light and could arrive as soon as 2020, according to a report by Auto Express.

The more practical TT Sportback was supposed to be introduced shortly after its concept was shown, but the unfolding of the Dieselgate saga meant that it had to take a backseat, among many other terminated projects.

Now that it’s back on track, the Sportback will directly succeed the iconic two-door TT (this year is the TT’s 20th anniversary). The move, it seems, is the result of shrinking demand for sports cars and small coupes. Design of the four-door TT has been approved as well.

An Audi board member told the publication: “If you set falling demand against rising costs, it’s obvious Audi cannot sustain its present course in the medium term. Instead, there has been intensive consideration of the coupe and the convertible in the compact segment.”

The new car’s overall proportions are expected to remain close to those of the original TT Sportback concept, which means the body will be around 290 mm longer than the outgoing coupe. It’ll be slightly wider and its wheelbase significantly extended (apparently up to 120 mm), and it’s expected to ride on an updated version of the MQB platform.

As for powertrain, word is the new TT will finally feature some form of electrification. At launch, it will be offered with a mild-hybrid petrol setup with an integrated 48-volt electrical architecture, which is designed to fill brief gaps of turbo lag and improve fuel consumption by 10%. The publication added that electrified diesel mills are in the pipeline as well.

The four rings’ estimates that, by 2025, 35% of its overall sales will comprise of electrified vehicles. With that, we can expect plug-in hybrid and full electric versions of the TT Sportback to be introduced along the way. Now, what do you think? Are you for or against the more “sensible” TT Sportback?

GALLERY: 2014 Audi TT Sportback Concept