Volkswagen’s SUV onslaught continues with the reveal this week of the T-Roc.
The funky compact crossover SUV was first previewed in 2014 by a concept of the same name. Now the production version has been revealed just a few weeks out from the world debut at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show in Germany.
The T-Roc enters a crowded segment, though VW hopes it will stand out by a combination of functionality, dynamic handling and technology. The T-Roc also benefits from more expressive styling compared to VW’s other SUVs. For example, it has an arching, coupe-like roof and buyers have the option of selecting various colors for this separate to the body.
Underpinning the T-Roc is the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MQB platform found in cars like the Golf and even the mid-size Atlas. The T-Roc is a close relative of the Audi Q2, though the VW has a distinct look to set it apart from its more expensive sibling. An interesting element is the combination indicator/daytime running light that forms a ring around the intakes beneath the headlights.
As for powertrains, the T-Roc will offer three gasoline and three diesel options, all of them inline units with turbocharging. Front-wheel drive and a manual transmission are standard. Buyers can add all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission should they desire.
The T-Roc will also be offered with a full suite of electronic driver aids. Even in base trim, you’ll find useful items such as forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist.
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The T-Roc’s arrival follows the introduction of new Atlas and Tiguan SUVs earlier this year. The T-Roc won’t be offered in the United States, though. Instead, we’ll get another tiny SUV, most likely a subcompact offering based on 2016’s T-Cross Breeze concept.
Hopefully we’ll learn more on VW’s SUV plans at the debut of the T-Roc at the Frankfurt auto show. The show gets underway on September 12. For more coverage, head to our dedicated hub.