It was during the 2014 Geneva Motor Show that the Volkswagen T-Roc Concept was introduced. The car is an SUV that its manufacturer, Volkswagen, describes as taking the “Golf format”.
Following its two successes in the SUV realm, Touareg and Tiguan, the Volkswagen T-Roc Concept is a downsizing. And modernising attempt on its SUV line. The Volkswagen T-Roc Concept has first declared a concept car. That was not to go into production but following the lines of which Volkswagen would produce three new SUVs. However, these plans were altered. And even the company’s decision to refrain from selling it particularly in the US was later reversed.
Volkswagen T-Roc Concept – Interior and Exterior Design
Although the German manufacturer tries to draw a distinction between the Volkswagen T-Roc Concept and the iconic Volkswagen Golf, and it has every right to do so, since the new concept car is in many ways a new introduction to the brand’s SUV line, yet the Golf could be used as a reference when we examine the design of the Volkswagen T-Roc Concept.
That is not merely due to the similarities in structure, but also because the company has been highly secretive about the detailed features of the more recent models of the Volkswagen T-Roc concept, although some of the interior features were suggested to have been kept unchanged from the 2014 model that was the concept’s debut.
Although the car has somewhat larger exterior dimensions than one would find on a Golf, the T-Roc’s interior is slightly smaller than the latter, albeit with a structure similar to that of a Golf or an Audi Q2. It would basically suit well a family of perhaps four members. And could even fit a couple of adults in the backseat. Although it would not exactly be the pinnacle of comfort for anyone bigger than a young teenager.
Volkswagen also seems to aim at a more colourful feel than that which we are used to seeing in its models, with body-color patterns running across the dashboard. However, the company sticking to the features of its 2014 prototype is not to be taking for granted. Some major changes were made to the car’s exterior.
Whereas the 2014 prototype was a two-door, the 2017 model, as well as the 2019 prototype have been made to have four doors. Although we mentioned it having dimensions that exceed those of the Golf, the T-Roc is 7.4 inches shorter in terms of length.
Volkswagen T-Roc Concept – Engine Specs and Fuel Economy
The car is anticipated to be launched with three- and four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines. It is also expected in the US. But with 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter displacement, as opposed to the 1.0 to 2.0-liters range. That is to be sold worldwide. There will also be an option of 4MOTION, which is Volkswagen’s trademark permanent four-wheel drive system.
Like the Golf and the Audi 3, the Volkswagen T-Roc Concept has embedded Volkswagen’s platform, the MQB (roughly translated into “Modular Transversal Toolkit”) It is a modular construction shared across a number of VW’s automobile categories.
The T-Roc Concept was introduced in certain markets, such as Africa, with a 102.2-inch wheelbase and a length of 166.6 inches. It although might not necessarily be the exact same dimensions to be used in Western markets, still yet set the range to expect. As for the horsepower, we do not have a certain figure yet. Except that we know that in Europe it will not exceed the 200 mark.
Volkswagen T-Roc Concept – Price and Release Date
Finally, it has been announced that the VW T-Roc Concept is to be revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. That is to be held in September. Although the US market is to have an SUV launched that is originated from the T-Roc Concept. The car will not exactly be the T-Roc, given that the car’s assembly location in Portugal gives it prospects of being too costly.
The US-specific adaptation of the vehicle, which will probably carry a different name, is to be launched in 2019, nonetheless. And the company is expected to set the price below the $25,000 mark.