Volkswagen is racing to expand its portfolio of crossovers and SUVs from just two models at present (Tiguan and Touareg) to six in the next two to three years. Some of the new additions will include a seven-seat crossover based on the CrossBlue concept, a crossover with coupe-like styling based on the CrossBlue Coupe concept, a stretched version of the next-generation Tiguan and a sporty crossover based on the T-Roc concept.
It’s the latter that is the focus of our latest spy shots. Featured here is a test mule hidden beneath the makeshift body of a current-generation Tiguan. We can see that the footprint of the new vehicle is considerably smaller than that of the Tiguan, echoing the suggestion we’re looking at a production version of the subcompact T-Roc.
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At the heart of the new vehicle will likely be VW’s flexible MQB platform, which is expected to form the basis of all of the automaker’s crossovers and SUVs apart from the Touareg, which sticks with the MLB. The subcompact crossover version of the MQB platform developed for the production T-Roc is likely to be shared with Audi’s upcoming Q1 subcompact.
Though the original T-Roc concept was a three-door, we may see a five-door body utilized for the production version. The overall length and width should match the concept’s numbers of 164.5 and 72.1 inches, though. Also lifted from the concept should be a four-cylinder engine, 4Motion all-wheel drive, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
A reveal should take place sometime in 2016, with sales to follow in early 2017. Key rivals for the production T-Roc will be Nissan’s Juke crossover as well as the MINI Cooper Countryman and Chevrolet Trax.
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