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New Audi TT for Geneva Auto Show

Audi plans to roll out the third-generation Audi TT next month at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

The first Audi TT was unveiled in 1998, and it completely rejuvenated the compact premium sports car segment.

Its Bauhaus-influenced styling, which it turned into something of a design icon, has received a lot of commendation.

Audi is unashamedly circling back to this initial success for the new car, saying the coupe’s profile and contours all make reference to the first model – ignoring the current second-generation car altogether.

Only the design sketches of the new TT have so been released.

From the sketches, an online auto reviewer, MSN Auto, says the nose of the new TT is perhaps a little flatter and squarer.

Aside from hinting about the lights and the interior, Audi is keeping quiet about the TT’s technical specifications – though it is hardly a leap of faith to imagine it will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform, the same one that underpins the latest Audi A3 and VW Golf.

Engine

The engine line-up should not be much of a mystery, either – expect an all-turbo choice ranging from 1.8 litres to 2.0 litres for the regular models, with power outputs starting at around 150hp for the entry-level diesel and 190hp for the most basic petrol.

The classic TT ‘turbine’ air vents now incorporate the air conditioning controls.

Audi has already confirmed a new TTS performance model, saying this will feature the usual quad tailpipes. Experts predict this will use the same 300hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol as the current Audi S3.

The reviewer says the front-wheel drive and quattro four-wheel drive will be offered, depending on power output and specification, alongside both manual and DSG automatic transmissions.

Exterior

The new TT’s headlights feature dividing struts for the LED daytime running lights, mirroring the struts in the air intakes surrounding the single-frame grille.

These will be offered as optional full-LED lights or even with Audi’s brand new Matrix LED technology, which can actively shut down individually to maximise brightness without blinding other traffic.

At the rear the lights take on a similar design, and following the lead of the daytime running lights at the front, at least some portion of them will be illuminated at all times, giving the new TT a distinctive visual signature.

 Interior

Audi has hinted about the lean interior design of the new TT, which it revealed last month at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.

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