PPE platform set to spawn 2023 Audi TT SUV after Q6 e-tron?

At the Audi Annual Press Conference on March 18, Markus Duesmann, CEO, Audi, revealed that the Audi Q6 e-tron will be manufactured at the Ingolstadt plant from 2022. This would be an offshoot of the e-Macan, and thus, a D-segment electric SUV, possibly with coupe styling to differentiate from the forthcoming Audi Q5 e-tron.

Two days before the Audi Annual Press Conference this year, Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Director Group Sales, Volkswagen Group, confirmed a PPE platform-based Audi SUV on his presentation. But unlike what many would later believe, he was not talking about the Q6 e-tron, and was likely referring to the rumored 2023 Audi TT SUV.

Audi TT SUV (Audi TT offroad concept) front three quarters
At the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, a brawny Audi TT offroad concept gave the first hints of an Audi TT SUV. Image Source: Audi

During the 2021 Virtual Deep Dive Electro Mobility conference call on March 16, Dr. Dahlheim explained about the EVs lined up for introduction from the group, and confirmed a new B-segment PPE platform-based Audi electric SUV. In his presentation slides, he referred to it as “Audi PPE-based B-SUV,” its launch set in 2023.

Obviously, I can and will not give you our complete product pipeline, but will give you the highlights here. Obviously, big highlight coming up in 2022 with the VW ID. Buzz being launched in Europe, and we’ll also launch that car later in the US. Certainly, an iconic model that will also change the perception of the brand Volkswagen, especially in the North American market. Followed that by the electric Macan, an absolutely key model and certainly a very profitable one. The PPE-based B-SUV, we can’t disclose the name yet, and then the Aero B which will be key for the brand Volkswagen both globally and in particular in Europe, because it will obviously be a very important fleet car if you want in the Passat-like segments. We close 2022 with a smaller CUV for the Chinese market.

Dr. Christian Dahlheim, Director Group Sales, Volkswagen Group, talking on the product pipeline

Time and again, European media outlets have stated that the successor to the Audi TT is an SUV; in October 2019, it was Auto Express, that claimed its working title as Audi eTTron, and in May 2020, it was AutoBild. In 2019, Bram Schot, the previous Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi, said during the general meeting that the TT would be replaced by an emotive electric car at the same price. Reports that appeared on Autoblog.nl & Motor1.com lead us to believe that the TT name would continue after its transition.

The PPE platform is performance-oriented, over-engineered for a mass-market B-SUV like a next-generation Audi Q2 (Audi Q2 e-tron). Moreover, the PPE platform would prove costly for a budget model at this stage. A logical conclusion is that the Audi B-SUV based on the PPE is either a completely new car or the Audi TT SUV to replace the two-door sports car. The 4.2 m (165 inch) Audi TT is a B-segment product, and naturally, its successor would go into the same segment.

Audi TT offroad concept
The 2014 Audi TT offroad concept envisioned a compact SUV in the TT lineup with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Image Source: Audi

It was Audi’s intention for years to add a new dimension to the TT nameplate. Readers would recall the Audi TT offroad concept study presented in 2014. It imagined a new model in a future TT family, that combines the sportiness of a coupe and the utility of a compact SUV.

On the PPE Platform for the 2023 Audi TT

Porsche and Audi are co-developing the PPE platform for their performance-oriented and upper-class pure electric vehicles. “It (PPE) will be the basis for multiple Audi model families with all-electric drive covering the high-volume B through D segments of the market,” Audi said in September 2018.

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In October 2019, Audi revealed some key details about the PPE platform. It said that the PPE platform’s technology package is generally similar to that of the MEB platform, but it allows great capabilities in terms of output and performance. As standard, PPE platform models would have  one motor in the rear. Optionally, customers will be able to specify them in all-wheel drive with a second motor at the front axle, either a PSM or an ASM. Like in the J1 platform models, the state of charge will be 800 volts and it will be possible to rapid-charge at 350 kW.

What is the estimated Audi TT SUV release date?

The Audi TT SUV will debut in 2022 and go on sale in big global markets in 2023.

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