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Audi TT facelift spied winter testing

Jordan Katsianis
7 Dec 2017

Audi’s TT coupe and roadster are due for a mid-life update next year

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Audi’s third generation TT, which has been on sale since 2015, has been spotted undergoing winter testing ahead of its mid-life refresh that’s due in 2018, with these spy shots giving us our first indications of what to expect.

Immediately obvious are the new bumpers front and rear hiding underneath camouflage. Looking decidedly more aggressive than the current car, there’s a new mesh pattern featured in the single-frame grille. Both the coupe and roadster in these images feature two, circular exhaust outlets, suggesting that this is more likely to be a standard TT and not a hot TTS or TT-RS model. 

> Click here for our review of the Audi TT-RS

The third generation TT was originally designed under the two-man design leadership of Wolfgang Egger and Stefan Sielaff. The pair pushed the Audi design team towards an angular aesthetic that underwent some criticism for looking too indistinct from previous models.

To answer this criticism, Audi poached VW designer Marc Licht to try to reform Audi’s design language in 2014, which is bearing its first fruits in the all-new Audi A8 and A7. This new, more distinct design direction should be seen in this updated TT. 

Updated lights front and rear are expected, with LED Matrix technology for the front and OLED rear units expected to be offered for the first time on a TT other than the RS. 

> Click here for our look ahead at 2018's most exciting new cars

The current TT’s engine line-up is expected to continue to include a range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel options connected to either a manual or S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox. The Volkswagen Group’s new 1.5-litre EVO engine is also expected to be offered as a new entry point. The TT-RS will maintain its 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine.

Audi is expected to launch its revised TT coupe and roadster at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018.

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