Audi finally let the public take a look at the new TT Offroad Concept vehicle during the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition this week.
It’s a sharp looking vehicle, as you can see. But what is really amazing are two numbers — 408 and 123.
This concept car can generate up to 408 horsepower and boasts 123 miles per gallon, through the use of a plug-in hybrid drive with two electric motors. The TT Offroad does 0-60 in 5.2 seconds and tops out around 155mph.
“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.”
The car not only claims impressive performance and efficiency, it sports some cutting technology that Audi hopes to roll out across much of its lineup in the near future. In particular, there were two Audi driver assistance systems that caught our eye. The company reports both are almost ready for production: the intersection assistant and online traffic light information technology.
The intersection assistant aims to help to avoid side-impact collisions, or reduce their severity, where lanes merge and at intersections. Radar sensors and a wide-angle video camera scan zones to the front and sides of the car. If the system detects a vehicle approaching from the side and assesses it to be critical, graduated warnings are displayed in the Audi virtual cockpit.
Online traffic light information is a technology that connects the Audi TT offroad concept via the cell phone network to the central traffic computer, which controls the traffic light systems in the city. Based on the information from this system, the Audi virtual cockpit shows the driver what speed to drive in order to reach the next traffic light while it is green. The cockpit displays the time remaining when waiting for the light to turn green.
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