Volkswagen’s answer to the Qashqai will launch on August 23

Volkswagen has released another sketch and a short video showcasing design details of its T-Roc, a future rival to the Nissan Qashqai that's due to be revealed on August 23.

The latest images show the chunky dimensions and unconventional design that have been incorporated into early sketches from a slightly wider angle and in profile, but recent spy pictures of a pre-production car show that much of this look will be toned down for the final model.

The Volkswagen T-Roc has been revealed. Read more here 

The video, which Volkswagen posted on Twitter, contains brief glimpses of several T-Roc features, including the front and rear lights, wheels and wing mirrors.

These 'in-the-metal' sightings confirmed that the car's styling takes clear inspiration from the Tiguan, albeit on a smaller, lower-riding body. The T-Roc also draws heavily from the next Polo, which was recently spotted.

These 'in-the-metal' sightings confirmed that the car's styling takes clear inspiration from the Tiguan, albeit on a smaller, lower-riding body. The T-Roc also draws heavily from the next Polo, which was recently spotted.

Given the T-Roc’s size, it’s likely to share engines with the Polo and the Golf.

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Diesel options will be 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre units, and four-wheel drive will be available as either an option or standard on higher-powered models. Six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes are expected, with the latter an optional extra.

A mild hybrid powertrain, which will be used soon in the Golf, may be carried across.

A plug-in hybrid T-Roc GTE and a fully electric e-T-Roc are also in the pipeline. Both variants will share powertrains with their Golf counterparts.

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The T-Roc’s dimensions should be largely unchanged from the 2014 concept, which was 4178mm in length, 1831mm wide and 1501mm high; considerably lower and shorter than the Tiguan.

The car is expected to cost from around £19,000 and will go on sale in autumn after making its debut in July. Despite other names being previously floated, the T-Roc name is tipped to reach production. 

It is aimed squarely at buyers who are less swayed by Volkswagen's traditional, practical approach but is in keeping with the manufacturer's more emotional ethos, where design and personality play a more forthright role in the brand's strategy. 

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22 March 2017
a jacked-up Skoda Fabia..

22 March 2017
nivison wrote:

a jacked-up Skoda Fabia..

And something's wrong with that?

10 April 2017
nivison wrote:

a jacked-up Skoda Fabia..

4.1m long so same as a Skoda Yeti, but less interesting.

22 March 2017
That looks Golf-dull. What's up with the VW styling team? There's just no actual style!

MrJ

4 August 2017

Looks like an elderly Honda, or Kia, or Ford, or... or... Actually makes a Golf look interesting. A shame too, about the neat-looking concept, as in why bother?

22 March 2017
I don't think the VW group know how to do funky family cars at the moment, they'd never do anything as original and divisive as the Juke. Maybe understandable for the main VW brand, but to not let Seat produce something a bit wild and unpredictable is a great shame

10 April 2017
Mikey C wrote:

I don't think the VW group know how to do funky family cars at the moment, they'd never do anything as original and divisive as the Juke. Maybe understandable for the main VW brand, but to not let Seat produce something a bit wild and unpredictable is a great shame

While I think VW cars currently can do with more design flair, to say the Ju(o)ke's styling actually possesses aesthetic merit is unfathomable. That car (together with the Prius) is the most downright hideous and tragically fugly cart on four wheels currently in production (and what a blight on our roads) and is a salutary lesson in how not to let hotch potch, hare-brained 'ideas' get anywhere near a drawing board. The Joke's ninjamobile design is certainly unlike any other car on the road, I'll give you that, but its 'originality' has just about as much value as the originality in, say, walking down the street dressed in clothes smeared in excrement - i.e., crass and repugnant. Uniqueness is certainly not a guarantor of quality.

MrJ

4 August 2017

Agree with you that the Juke is hideous.

But... it's a stand-out original, which earns points for being different.

Unlike the T-Roc, of which the pix show the flair of the concept has been totally lost.

22 March 2017
Another overweight fat car for the SUV buying sheep...

Citroëniste.

22 March 2017
At 1501mm that's lower than some regular superminis and city cars (Swift, Yaris...) If I'm going to pay extra for an SUV seating position I expect an SUV seating position. Suzuki have managed it with their tiny Ignis. This an irritatingly familiar trend amongst the latest crossover nonsense.

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