Rumors about a four-door Audi TT have been swirling ever since the company unveiled the TT Sportback concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. While we still haven’t seen the long-rumored production model, Auto Express reports it will arrive within the next two years.
According to the publication, the production version of the TT Sportback concept fell victim to Volkswagen’s cost cutting moves in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal. Now that the company has successfully weathered the storm, it appears the car has finally been given the green light.
While the concept was originally envisioned as a four-door version of the TT, the report suggests this is no longer the case. Instead, it appears Audi will now drop the coupe and convertible variants and only offer the TT as a four-door coupe.
This would be a big change, but TT sales have taken a nosedive over the course of the past decade. Carsalesbase data shows the company only sold 2,294 units in the United States last year, while European sales totaled 16,281. Ten years earlier, Audi sold 4,355 TTs in America and 38,335 in Europe.
An unnamed Audi Board Member wasn’t coy about the company’s reason for dropping the coupe and convertible. As they explained “If you set falling demand against rising costs, it’s obvious Audi cannot sustain its present course in the medium term.”
While everything should be taken with a grain of salt, the publication says the next-generation TT will likely ride on an updated version of the MQB platform. The model is also expected to be about the same size as the TT Sportback concept, but it will feature new styling that echoes the rest of Audi’s lineup.
Engine options remain unconfirmed, but the model will reportedly be offered with an assortment of petrol engines featuring a 48 volt mild-hybrid system. Later down the road, there could be plug-in hybrid variants as well as an electric model.
Note: Audi TT Sportback concept pictured