Audi kills TT, guarantees seven new SUV variants because it transforms for the long run – Roadshow

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The TT not too long ago acquired a lightweight refresh, so it’s going to most likely kick round for one more yr or two earlier than going gently into that good evening. A brand new particular version is deliberate for the close to future, too.


Audi’s in the course of massively reorganizing its efforts as all the VW Group strikes wholesale into an electrified mind-set. To that finish, it is going to make some huge shifts, together with eliminating a slow-selling coupe whereas packing on the SUV trims.

Audi will quickly take away the TT from its lineup, in accordance with feedback made by Audi executives on the automaker’s annual shareholders assembly in Germany. It will not die utterly, although. Relatively, it’s going to get replaced with an all-electric automobile in the identical worth vary. It could not have the TT badge, however Audi is not ready to go away this section solely.

Whereas it does have its ardent followers, there is a good case to be made for shedding the diminutive hatchback. Gross sales figures from GoodCarBadCar present that Audi solely sells a thousand or two TTs per yr within the US, and whereas 2016 represented a high-water mark for its gross sales, it offered half as many in 2018 because it did two years prior.

Within the meantime, the automaker will proceed to deal with its strengths, together with SUVs, which markets are shopping for up like they are going out of fashion (spoiler alert: they don’t seem to be). Audi’s fits additionally promised throughout the shareholder assembly that the automaker would introduce seven new SUVs “with out predecessors” in 2019.

Of that seven, Audi particularly referred to as out 4. It stated two can be “notably sporty” variants of the Q8, probably alluding to SQ8 and RS Q8 variants of the automaker’s top-tier SUV. Two others, the E-Tron Sportback and Q3 Sportback, will see Audi’s swoopy-coupe badge utilized to its crossovers for the primary time. As for the remaining three fashions, Motor1 believes they may be the SQ3, RS Q3 and RS Q7, however Audi hasn’t confirmed something. Contemplating we’re midway by way of 2019, odds are we’ll discover out quickly sufficient.

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