Volkswagen has unveiled the T-Roc compact SUV concept, which is tipped to spawn a production version in 2017.
Speaking at the Geneva motor show, Heinz-Jakob Neusser, VW's chief of research and development, said, "We'd like to build the T-Roc. It would be the logical conclusion of the Golf concept. We've shown many SUV concepts in the past 24 months – many of them ready for production."
Shown here in a series of pictures and official design sketches, the latest in a long line of high-riding concepts from Volkswagen is expected to become part of a five-strong future SUV line-up under development at the company’s Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany.
The exterior of the T-Roc features what Volkswagen describes as the latest evolution of its SUV styling DNA, and showcases a newly designed grille aimed at providing future Volkswagen SUV models with a more dynamic appearance than that of today’s offerings.
Running the full width of the front end, it also serves to accentuate the width of the new car in a continuation of the horizontal theme seen on other recent Volkswagen models. A further design feature tipped for inclusion on the production version of the T-Roc are its integrated round LED headlamps.
In a move that hints Volkswagen is considering a targa roof function on selected new models, its latest concept also includes a removable roof panel that can be stowed in the boot.
At 4179mm long, 1831mm wide and 1501mm high, the T-Roc is 247mm shorter, 22mm wider and a considerable 202mm lower than the Tiguan. Volkswagen hints at a kerb weight of 1420kg for the production version of its new SUV.
Underpinning the T-Roc is a variant of Volkswagen's flexible MQB high-strength steel platform. It sports a wheelbase that is 10mm shorter than that of the existing Tiguan at 2595mm. The suspension combines MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link set-up at the rear, while its large arches accommodate 19-inch wheels.
Power for the T-Roc comes from the latest evolution of Volkswagen’s familiar turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder common rail diesel engine delivering 181bhp and 280lb ft of torque at 1750rpm. Drive is sent through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles and an electromechanical multi-plate clutch four-wheel-drive system offering three different drive modes: street, off-road and snow.
Volkswagen’s computer simulations point to a 0-62mph time of 6.9sec and a 131mph top speed in street mode, in which the majority of drive is sent to the front wheels. In off-road and snow modes the drive is apportioned in a nominal 50:50 front-to-rear split for added levels of traction.
A similar set-up is envisaged for more powerful versions of Volkswagen’s new compact SUV, with lower-powered variants set to get a front-wheel-drive setup as standard.
Further off-road highlights include cameras mounted within the headlamps and at the rear, allowing the driver to monitor the terrain on a central screen.
Set to join the production version of the T-Roc in an expanded Volkswagen model line-up later this decade will be production versions of the smaller Taigun and larger CrossBlue concepts as well the second-generation Tiguan and a third-generation Touareg.