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.
Volkswagen, the German luxury carmaker had teased the production version of the VW T-ROC SUV at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The new SUV is scheduled to be launched in select international markets towards the end of this year. After releasing the teaser image, the company has revealed the production-spec Volkswagen T-ROC SUV in a new teaser video. The German automaker might also consider this SUV for the growing Indian market.
To be positioned between the Tiguan and the upcoming T-Cross Breeze small SUV, the T-ROC SUV rides on the VW Group’s MQB modular platform. The video shows this SUV off-roading capability, as it cruises through trail surrounded by rocks on either side. It shares some of its design cues from the Audi Q2; however, the latter is sportier with a coupe-like roofline. The SUV features typical SUV like flat roof. The muscular wheel arches further adds to its sporty look. It gets a hexagonal grille with chrome slats, large headlamps, honeycomb mesh design for the wider air-dams and horizontally positioned fog lamps.
The SUV was first unveiled as 2-door SUV concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but the production model is a conventional 5-door SUV with a fixed roof. The SUV will share most of its features from the Golf hatchback. The cabin will have features like floating dashboard, fully digital instrument cluster and a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice and gesture control, etc. The SUV is expected to get a 1.0-litre TSI 3-cylinder or a 1.5-litre TSI Evo 4-cylinder petrol engines. The GTI edition will be powered by a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine. Diesel engines could include 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 new T-ROC compact SUV is based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that also underpins the Tiguan SUV. Its concept model was equipped with the 3D radiator grille designed with large, honeycomb shaped openings. However, the production model gets a large hexagonal grille with chrome slats, flanked by large headlamps with LED DRLs. Its wider air-dams gets honeycomb mesh design while the bumper gets horizontally positioned fog lamps. The muscular wheel arches further adds to its sporty look.
The side profile resembles the Audi Q2, but the latter gets a couple-like profile. The T-ROC gets a fixed flatter roof, which adds to its masculine profile. The SUV gets aggressive creases that run across the length. The concept showcased was a 2-Door SUV featuring large windscreen, large roof spoiler and rear windscreen. There is an aluminium strip on the C-pillars, which add to its styling. Also Read – Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Compact SUV Is Coming To India
The rear looks sporty, thanks to roof mounted spoiler, nicely designed LED tail-lamps and aggressive bumper. The concept model was equipped with three-dimensional LED lights, while the boot lid and rear spoiler were designed in high gloss black. It also gets “Cool Granite” plastic cladding that adds to its sporty character. Read More – Volkswagen Tiguan SUV India Launch In Early 2017
The concept model showcased measures 4,179mm in length, 1,831mm in width and 1,501mm in height. Based on the modular Transverse Matrix platform, the SUV weighs just 1,420kg. It runs over a multi-part 19-inch alloy wheels. Also Read- Volkswagen Atlas 7-Seater SUV Unveiled
Unlike the 4-seater SUV concept, the production-spec model will be a five-seater. The cabin of the car is expected to be shared from the Golf hatchback. It will get a floating dashboard, fully digital instrument console and a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice and gesture control. Other features will include a multi-functional steering wheel, leather seats, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, etc.
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.
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.