Audi just recently gave its TT RS, the hottest performance variant of the Audi TT, a facelift. Though, it may be the last we see of the Audi TT RS, and the TT as a whole. Awhile back, there were rumors about a potential four-door Audi TT, which would be a small, four-door coupe in the same vein as the A5 Sportback. However, those rumors were squashed by Audi itself, who said that there was no room in the future for a four-door TT. However, now there are rumors that Audi will be killing off the TT altogether and indeed building a small, four-door coupe based on the Audi A3.
According to this new report from Autocar, Audi CEO Bram Schot has already come up with a gameplan to kill off the Audi TT. Replacing it would be a small four-door coupe with a liftback tailgate, similar to the A5 Sportback. If that’s the case, it would take on cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and the upcoming BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. While nothing has officially been confirmed Autocar claims this new car could be part of the Audi A3 model line. An Audi A3 Sportback, perhaps? Technically Audi already has one of those and it’s a hatchback. So it could get tricky.
If such a thing happens, it wouldn’t be for at least a few more years. The life cycle of the current-gen Audi TT ends in 2022, which is still three years away. So we’ll unfortunately have to wait until then to know what Audi has in store. Until then, though, we can have fun speculating wildly about what this new car might be.
If Audi does make such a car, it could actually render the A3 Sedan obsolete. If Audi were to make better looking version of the A3 with a more practical liftback tailgate, what’s the point of having the sedan? It would make more sense to nix the Audi TT and the Audi A3 sedan and just have an A3 hatchback (Europe only) and an A3 Sportback.
We likely won’t be able to substantiate this rumor for a few years, as we get closer to the end of the TT’s lifecycle in 2022.