Following the introduction of the large seven-seat Atlas, VW is getting ready to add another high-riding model to its portfolio.
During the Golf facelift’s reveal last week, Volkswagen disclosed plans to introduce a production version of the 2014 T-Roc concept sometime in 2017, without revealing an exact date. Now, officials from Wolfsburg have announced a near-production concept will be exhibited in March at the Geneva Motor Show, prior to a reveal of the road-going crossover later in second part the year. Chances are the T-Roc will debut as a production model in September on its home turf at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales to kick off before the year’s end.
VW, through the voice of its boss Herbert Diess, has confirmed the compact crossover will retain the concept’s “T-Roc” moniker, even though trademark fillings had suggested other names, including “Teracor.” While the concept featured a two-piece removable top stored in the trunk, the production version will have a conventional fixed roof.
It’s basically going to be a Golf SUV smaller than the second-generation Tiguan. For the sake of comparison, the aforementioned 2014 T-Roc concept was 164.4 inches (4,178 millimetres) long, 72 inches (1,829 mm) wide, and 59 inches (1,501 mm) tall, while the latest standard Tiguan is 176 inches (4,486 mm) long, 72 inches (1,829 mm) wide, and 64 inches (1,632 mm) high. As far as the wheelbase is concerned, it should be close to the Golf’s 104 inches (2,640 mm), so shorter than the Tiguan’s 105.5 inches (2,681 mm).
Not only will the exterior design have a lot in common with the facelifted Golf, but also the interior cabin will likely be largely carried over. That means an optional all-digital instrument cluster is going to be available alongside a top-spec infotainment system featuring a 9.2-inch touchscreen and gesture control support.
It’s going to be the same story with the engines, including the new 1.5 TSI bound to replace the existing 1.4 TSI and set to be offered with 130 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque, as well as with 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. There are even talks of a spicy T-Roc GTI with the Golf GTI’s turbocharged 2.0-litre in 230 hp and 245 hp flavors. Four-wheel drive versions are also on the agenda, as are plug-in hybrid (T-Roc GTE) and pure electric (e-T-Roc) derivatives.
Also in 2017, VW will introduce a subcompact crossover (pictured above in spy shots) based on the next-gen Polo and previewed by the T-Cross Breeze concept. At some point, there was a plan to come out with an even smaller crossover based on the pint-sized up! VW introduced the Taigun concept four years ago, but earlier this year it decided to cancel development of a production model because it would have been too short.
Source: Volkswagen via Autocar