To be positioned between T-Cross Breeze & Tiguan, the VW T-ROC SUV will be launched in global markets in the second half of 2017.
At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen showcased the new VW Arteon sedan concept. Besides this, the company has also teased a number of vehicles scheduled to be launched in select international markets later this year. Interestingly, the company has also released a teaser image of the production spec VW T-ROC concept SUV. It was speculated that the production version of the Volkswagen T-ROC SUV will arrive in 2018. However, the latest development around this SUV suggest towards a possible launch by the end of this year. The German automaker might also consider this SUV for the growing Indian market.
Going by the teaser, it is visible that the T-ROC shares some of its design elements from the Audi Q2. However, the latter is sportier with a coupe-like roofline. On the other hand, VW’s car features typical SUV like flat roof. The muscular wheel arches further adds to its sporty look. Upfront is a hexagonal radiator grille with dual slats, large headlamps, honeycomb mesh design for the wider air-dams and horizontally positioned fog lamps. First unveiled as 2-door SUV concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the production-spec model is a conventional 5-door SUV with a fixed roof. Based on the MQB platform, the new SUV will be slotted between the Tiguan and the upcoming T-Cross Breeze. It will share most of its components from the Golf hatchback. Features like floating dashboard, fully digital instrument cluster and a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice and gesture control, etc will be sourced from its sibling hatchback.
The new VW T-ROC is likely to get a 1.0-litre TSI 3-cylinder or a 1.5-litre TSI Evo 4-cylinder petrol engines. The GTI edition will get a 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit. Diesel version of the SUV could get a 1.6-litre TDI 4-cylinder or a 2.0-litre TDI 4-cylinder unit. Transmission options are likely to include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic unit. Read More – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars In India in 2016, 2017
The T-ROC compact SUV concept features the 3D radiator grille which has been designed with large, honeycomb shaped openings- a distinctive and prominent design bit running out precise on the sides. A high-gloss black trim strip with sharp look is positioned over the grille, and it is flanked by a dual LED headlights. The bottom of the grille is framed by a cross member aluminium look. Fog lamps are placed below the headlamps, which also featured the LED turn indicators.
The lower section of the bumper looks dominant, and appears like a mirror image of the grille with its contours reappearing in the lower air inlet. There is a silver coloured rugged underbody protection element, which adds to its sporty character. Beneath the flog lamp assembly, the vehicle gets a movable camera which can be activated when the driver activates the off-road mode. This camera provides the image of the surroundings to a large display on the centre console. Also Read – Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Compact SUV Is Coming To India
The side profile of the T-ROC compact SUV concept gets aggressive creases which runs across the length. At the top, the silhouette feature the high-gloss black roof while the front windscreen, large roof spoiler and rear windscreen offers a coupe-like styling. An aluminium strip is given to the C pillars which add to its styling. The middle section of the T-ROC roof consists of two halves that just a light touch can be taken off and tucked in the boot. The spokes of the 19-inch alloy wheels with interior surfaces painted in body colour further enhances the overall look. Read More – Volkswagen Tiguan SUV India Launch In Early 2017
At the back, the three-dimensional shaped LED lights, while the boot lid and the rear spoiler are designed in high gloss black. Like the front, the rear too gets camera which provides the images of surrounding on the large display placed at the centre console. The side sills with chrome enhancements make it premium, while the “Cool Granite” plastic cladding adds to its sporty character.
The Volkswagen T-ROC compact SUV concept is 4,179mm long, 1,831mm wide and 1,501mm tall. Based on the modular Transverse Matrix platform, the SUV weighs just 1,420kg. The SUV has short overhangs and track widths of 1,578mm (front) and 1,564mm (rear), which are large in size compared to the body width. It runs over a multi-part 19-inch alloy wheels. Also Read- Volkswagen Atlas 7-Seater SUV Unveiled
The T-ROC concept is a four-seater SUV which is designed to match the off-road character of the SUVs exterior. The touchscreen in the centre console is designed as a tablet and the HD camera integrated in the area of the rear view mirror. The central element on the dashboard is the dashpad which is pained in “Blue-Splash Metallic”. The vehicle gets leather wrapped steering wheel. The controls, indicators and climate control functions in the T-ROC SUV are added in digital form. A 12.3-inch colour display is positioned as a combined instrument.
The vehicle showcased gets the 2.0L turbo-diesel direct injection engine that is capable of developing a top power output of 184PS. It offers three different driving modes: Street, Off-road and Snow. The parameters of the 4Motion drive train, 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch gearbox), ABS, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control vary depending on the mode selected. Other engines include 113bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol, a new 1.5-litre TDI Evo turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol and 242bhp 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol.
Launch and Expected Price
It is quite early to comment whether the Volkswagen T-ROC SUV will make its way to the Indian car market. The SUV will be launched in global markets in the second half of 2017. To be positioned between T-Cross Breeze compact SUV and Tiguan SUV, the new T-ROC could be priced in the range of Rs 16 lakh to Rs 22 lakh.
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