Volkswagen T-ROC concept
February 28, 2014

German car makers, Volkswagen, have announced plans to introduce a new concept SUV at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next week, the T-ROC. In just the past few years, the brand have released the three row Cross Blue, midsize Cross Coupe and tiny Taigun.

According to the company, the new three door crossover coupe concept is designed to provide a “glimpse at future Volkswagen SUVs.” If it ever made it to production, the concept would likely sit between the Tiguan and the forthcoming up! based Taigun.

 

The Volkswagen T-ROC specs

 

The new three door concept model is powered by a 2.0 litre four cylinder TDI engine capable of producing 184 brake horse power at 380Nm of torque. The power is driven to a 4MOTION all wheel drive system by a seven speed DSG transmission, which enables the crossover model to accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 6.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 130mph. Fuel efficiency if pegged at 57.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 129g/km. The 4MOTION drivetrain has three modes for on-road, off-road and on-snow motoring.

 

The Volkswagen T-ROC styling and tech

 

The concept uses the same MQB platform as the Golf and other VW Group cars, though it's size has been shrunk to match supermini SUVs such as the Renault Captur. Size-wise, the SUV concept vehicle is 4,179mm long, 1,831mm wide and 1,501mm tall with a claimed weight of 3,131 pounds.

The T-ROC concept features a Blue-Splash metallic exterior with a three dimensional grille that is flanked by LED headlights. It also comes with gloss black and aluminium accents, LED daytime running lights which double as turn signals and 19 inch alloy wheels.

 

Partial open air driving is available through a removable roof section that's stored in the boot, similar to the system on the Jeep Renegade.The interior has four leather wrapped seats, Blue-Splash Metallic trim, a removable tablet which acts as an infotainment display, AMOLED climate controls and a 12.3 inch colour digital instrument cluster. This digital instrument cluster touchscreen can be used to show images from outboard-mounted cameras to reveal any tricky under-wheel terrain.

The new Volkswagen T-ROC is still only a concept and according to VW North America Product and Technology Manager, Mark Gillies, there is, “no production grounding at all in it.” This means that although the new Volkswagen T-ROC concept will be shown at the Geneva Show, it is unlikely to ever make it to a production vehicle but even if it did, the vehicle wouldn't be due until 2016 at least.

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