Mark III Audi TT to feature optional matrix LED headlights where legal

Audi has confirmed that it will make its matrix LED headlight system optional on the third generation TT coupe and convertible.

This is part of Audi’s on-going tease of its new affordable image-setting coupe and convertible. First the company unveiled the interior at this year’s CES and, in a design shock, revealed that the new TT will do without a central display for its entertainment and navigation system.

Secondly Audi gave the world the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Strip away the flat roof line, traditional 3-door hatch derriere, jacked up suspension and grey overfenders, and you have the look of the new TT.

Now it has announced that, in markets where it’s legal (sorry USA readers), the matrix LED headlight system that debuted in the refreshed Audi A8 will be making its way into the new TT as an option.

You know that LED headlight technology is common place when it becomes available in a Toyota Corolla, albeit only in the top-of-the-line sedan model, but the matrix LED headlight system is something beyond even that.

As the name suggests, the matrix LED headlight system is made up of an array of LEDs that can be illuminated individually. Switch the lights to high beam and the car’s various safety systems can detect other road users, and switch off individual segments so as not to blind them.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]