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Audi TT Offroad Concept

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Audi first showed off the Audi TT Offroad Concept in Beijing at the Beijing Motor Show, we weren’t able to make it out there as we were in NYC to cover the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The TT Offroad concept looks like an Audi Q3 with TT design elements but like most newer Audi models is based on the MQB model. The TT Offroad Concept actually sits a few inches lower than the Q3 providing a more sporty stance. As the TT Offroad Concept is a plug-in electric hybrid, it has a hefty lithium ion that sits low providing a low center of gravity, essential for sporty handling (crossover or not).

The hybrid powerplant consists of a 2.0L TFSI gas engine that delivers 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. A clutch links the gas engine to an electric motor that produces 54 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor is integrated right into the six-speed e-S tronic and a dual clutch transmission sends all the power to the front wheels. Driving the rear wheels is a second electric motor pumps out another 114 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. If you’ve been doing the math you would end up with 460 horsepower and 641 lb-ft of torque but the actual total hybrid power output is actually only 408 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. In most cases the front electric motor is used as a generator, powered by the gas engine. In all-electric mode the entire front drive hybrid system is disabled and the vehicle is propelled by the rear electric motors with a range of 50km with a range of 880km in hybrid mode. In hybrid mode, the TT Offroad Concept can reach 100km/h in 5.2 seconds and only consumes 1.9L/100km (124 mpg).

Audi has also included a wireless charging system into the concept vehicle which allows for convenient topping up of the battery when parked on top of a charging plate. Wireless charging takes just about as long as plugging the vehicle in with a 3.3kW charging rate on the wireless system.

“The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development. “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. We chose to present the Audi TT offroad concept in China, our second domestic market, because it represents the urban mobility of tomorrow: It is sustainable, dynamic, intelligent and connected.”

Wtih each new concept, Audi continues to provide a glimpse into their future model lineup. They Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept was pretty much a pre-cursor to the TT Offroad Concept, and it is becoming more apparent that the TT line may look very different in the future. I had speculated that the Shooting Brake concept would become the Q1, but at this point I’m not entirely sure. We’ll have to wait and see I suppose.

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LF-NX Concept Becomes Production 2015 Lexus NX

While our crew was in New York covering the 2014 New York International Auto Show, on the other side of the globe was another auto show. The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition press days were during the same days as New York and one vehicle that was revealed there was the production version of the LF-NX crossover concept. Lexus ended up bringing the NX to New York as well, but unfortunately we were already at the airport heading back home. The 2015 Lexus NX will be offered in three models: the NX 200t, NX 200 and NX300h. Not only is the NX Lexus’ first entry in the luxury compact crossover market, it will also launch the marque’s first turbo engine. More on that later.

The NX will be Lexus’ fourth SUV, and will slot under the RX. In terms of exterior design, it does not deviate too far from the Lexus design language. It basically looks like a smaller RX with the front end elements off of the IS. The signature spindle grill and headlights with split LED daytime running lights are there along with the subtle chrome trims. One big visual difference are the contrasting wheel arches that just doesn’t seem to fit the luxury look of Lexus. Interestingly enough, Subaru opted to remove the contrasting wheel arches off the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback they revealed last week. It does give the NX that wider more aggressive look that may be the key to draw in younger buyers for Lexus though.

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