Evolution, not revolution.
Social media remains, to us, either a boon or a pest. In the case of Audi’s facelifted new TT through, we see it as a boon, and there’s no doubt that Ingolstadt sees it as a pest. Leaked images of the facelifted 2019 TTS have found their way online via Instagram, showing off mildly updated design features up front and at the rear, limited mostly to improved aerodynamics and not-discreet rear air outlets.
Audi’s design language has always been evolutionary rather than revolutionary, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised that the aesthetic changes are minimal. Equally minimal will be the changes under the bonnet, which will see the existing powertrains carried over into the updated model, with the 1.8 & 2.0 turbocharged petrol mills and the 2.0 turbodiesel (which we don’t get) featuring mild revisions to get them running cleaner and leaner.
The range-topping TT RS will also receive mild revisions to improve efficiency, but those improvements may also see the performance model push its power output beyond 300kW, a first for the TT RS and its 2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbo petrol.
Perhaps more important to a broader spectrum of buyers will be the rumoured upgrades to the infotainment systems to the TT. The current car was actually the tech maverick for the brand as it introduced its now-vaunted Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display when it arrived in 2014. While a ‘next-generation’ version might be a step too far, we’re expecting to see a more refined version of the system make its debut in the facelifted TT when it arrives next year.