Declining sales corroborated with some worrying statements from Audi have fueled rumors about the TT’s demise. However, that won’t be the case as a fourth-generation model is being planned, possibly with the “e-tron” badge, as per an announcement made about a year ago by the Four Rings: “In a few years, we will replace the TT with a new emotive model in the same price range: with an electric car.”
While it might not be a direct successor, something in the same spirit of the Tourist Trophy is in the works. The folks over at Motor Trend appear to be in the know regarding what the future has in store for the TT as a new report claims the new model will ride on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform that debuted last year with the ID.3.
Unlike today’s TT available in lesser versions with front-wheel drive, its replacement is believed to come exclusively in a Quattro flavor and with a battery pack positioned underneath the floor, within the wheelbase. The coupe body style will be joined once again by a cabriolet, and we’re honestly curious to see how it feels to drive an EV with the roof down. Sure, there’s the Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio or the first-gen Tesla Roadster, but a roofless e-Tron Audi is what piques our interest.
The report from Motor Trend goes on to mention the starting price compared to the TT Coupe available today from $45,500 MSRP. The publication speculates the base e-Tron model will cost somewhere in the region of at least $50,000, provided the advancements made in battery tech will allow Audi to lower the production costs. Needless to say, the convertible is going to command a premium.
It’s said to go by the name of Audi TT e-Tron, and while some have suggested the car will morph into a four-door coupe or even a crossover, the report claims it will still be a swoopy two-door model. It’s allegedly earmarked for a 2023 launch, probably as a 2024MY.
Meanwhile, the conventionally powered model soldiers on for the 2021MY in the United States with more standard kit than before. Even the base model gets S sports seats wrapped in Nappa leather, along with the MMI Navigation plus, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. There’s also more standard leather than before, while the TT Roadster gets the nifty neck-level heating even on the cheapest variant. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but it will likely go up to reflect the newly gained goodies.
[Source: Motor Trend]