It is expected for the new Audi TT to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show this year, and whilst Switzerland don’t have a car industry of their own, they aren’t about to miss out on any action! This neutral ground plays host to the biggest car manufacturers who consider it to be one of the largest events of the year. Those that will be showing are Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Peugeot, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, SEAT, Citroen, Skoda and Renault.
The halls are always packed with the latest models of vehicles fighting to impress, and this year it will be kicking off on the 3rd of March. Debuting this year will be the new Audi TT, Mercedes S-Class Coupe and a Lamborghini and all of course will need car insurance quotes.
In recent years Audi has been catching up in many sectors of the automotive market, closing the gap between BMW and Mercedes-Benz. However, in America they are still lagging behind these brands. Having said this, they aren’t ready to give up yet, and will be debuting the third generation of TT at the Geneva Motor Show. On top of this, they will also be launching the second generation A5 in the near future and there is the possibility of a brand new vehicle all together, the A9, although not at this year’s Motor Show!
The first Audi that will hit the market this year will be the TT, which will be based on the MLB platform from the Volkswagen Group. The very first TT was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 1995 and was the vehicle that established Audi as one to watch in terms of vehicle design. Following this model came a slightly more conservative version however, and it is expected that the third model will be recapturing the essence of the original TT nearly ten years on.
The TT that will be launched in America will have 220 bhp with a 2.0 litre engine, and will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s EA888 which will be turbocharged and have a direct injected four cylinder engine. Those who want more power can opt for the 300 bhp which again, will be powered by a turbocharged four cylinder engine. Compared to the current model, the interior will be much simpler although it is expected to have a more futuristic feel to it. It has been predicted that after the Coupe is released, Audi will then release the TT roadster to add to the family.
It is predicted that the roadster and the new A5 will be launched at the same time, the A5 being the second Audi vehicle to be based on the MLB Evo platform. The Evo platform is an update on the current MLB platform that is used in the current A5, as well as the A4, Q5, A6 A7 and A8. This platform is also expected to be used in the Porsche Macan, and some of the elements have also been combined into the Bentley Mulsanne.
The second generation A5 will of course come in a coupe form and a cabriolet. On top of this there will also be S and RS versions which will be built so they can support a 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engine. A hybrid version will also be available and have the electric motor mounted in the rear of the car.
Audi are not only updating their existing vehicles, but are also planning on launching a new vehicle, the A9, which is believed to hit the market in 2017. It again will be based on the MLB Evo platform and will be positioned as an ultra-luxurious hatchback.
The A9 will be a balance between the A7 and the A8, as it’s different from the sporty A7 yet not like the A8 in terms of being an all-roader. Audi have already said that it won’t have a station wagon look but it is predicted that it will have some fastback and crossover elements. Because of this there is a chance that it could actually be called a Q9 rather than A9. In the future, it is expected to be one of the most powerful and luxurious car on the market, with its own unique look.
Overall, there are a lot of exciting things in the pipeline for Audi, which is great news for both the business and the motor industry.