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TT goes off-roading


HAVE you ever looked at an Audi TT and thought that it would look great as an SUV of sorts? Neither have we, but that didn’t stopped the Germans from producing the TT off-road concept. The car made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show and showcases another niche-busting idea.

The concept is said to combine the good looks of a coupé with the rugged appeal of an SUV. It’s a plug-in hybrid with two electric motors that produce a total output of 300kW and 650Nm with a fuel consumption figure of 1.9 litres/100km. The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 215kW and 380Nm while the first electric motor adds 40kW and 220Nm. The second electric motor is mounted to the rear axle and is fully independent, meaning that the 85kW/270Nm unit can power the vehicle without producing any emissions.

The car featured at the show also showcased Audi’s wireless charging technology, which utilises contactless inductive charging. The system works by placing a plate with a coil and an inverter onto the car’s parking space whichis then connected to the power grid. The charging begins when the car is parked on the plate by using an alternating magnetic field that induces 3.3kW across the air gap in the secondary coil, which feeds power into the vehicle. Charging will automatically stop when the vehicle’s battery is full and is also 90% efficient in addition to being weatherproof and safe for humans and animals.

The concept also features two new Audi safety systems that will be put into production vehicles soon, namely the junction assistant,which helps to avoid side impacts with the use of radar sensors and cameras, as well as the online traffic light information technology that uses the occupant’s mobile phone to connect to a central traffic computer, which for instance will tell the driver when the traffic lights will change.

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