The wait for Volkswagen’s sub-Tiguan crossover is almost here – the T-ROC has been teased and will be unveiled shortly.
Volkswagen has teased the upcoming T-ROC SUV ahead of an anticipated reveal this autumn – the car should be present at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
A brief teaser video showcases some of the design process behind the new hinting at its Golf and Tiguan inspired styling through design sketches. This isn’t our first official glimpse at the car, however – Volkswagen teased the T-ROC back at the Geneva Motor Show in March, serving up a tantalising glimpse at the production model.
The German marque has been contemplating a Golf-inspired SUV ever since the T-ROC concept was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, but plans to debut a production car at Geneva this year were eventually scrapped in favour of a launch closer to its on-sale date at the end of 2017.
The VW T-ROC will join the line-up below the Tiguan and sitting alongside the Golf as Volkswagen seeks to target buyers who want practicality and a raised ride height, but who might otherwise be put off by the increased footprint of an SUV.
Although the T-ROC wasn’t present at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, an image of it was displayed during Volkswagen’s press conference as a teaser of what to expect. A boxier stance, squared-off wheelarches, bulky C-pillars and prominent shoulder line set it apart from the Tiguan.
Mechanically, the T-ROC will share most of its DNA with the Audi Q2. In fact, the T-ROC is likely to be similar in length to the Audi, at around 4.2 metres, and measure 1.8m wide. The same version of the VW Group’s versatile MQB platform that underpins the Q2 and SEAT Ateca will form the basis of the T-ROC, so a wheelbase of around 2.6m is expected; that’s similar to the standard Golf hatchback’s, too.
The similarities with the hatch won’t end there, either, because engine and gearbox options available in the T-ROC are expected to be taken wholesale from the Golf range. That means an entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo with around 115bhp, while the 148bhp 1.5-litre TSI EVO turbo petrol engine that was first seen in the facelifted Golf will also be available.