Volkswagen’s answer to the Qashqai has been a long time coming, but here’s our first glimpse of it in the metal

The Volkswagen T-Roc has been spotted testing for the first time ahead of its anticipated launch this summer.

Seen here almost completely undisguised, 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.

The sighting follows the reveal of a CGI image - see gallery - which offered a first glimpse of the upcoming SUV's design.

Given the T-Roc’s size, it’s likely to share engines with the Polo and 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 both an option, or standard on higher-powered models. Six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes are also expected, with the latter an optional extra.

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

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

Take a look at the upcoming VW Touareg here

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 T-Roc 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. 

The T-Roc is aimed squarely at buyers who are less swayed by Volkswagen's traditional, practical approach, and is instead in keeping with the manufacturer's more emotional ethos, where design and personality play a more forthright role in the brand's strategy. 

Take a look at spy shots of the upcoming small SUV from Volkswagen here

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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!

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.

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

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.

22 March 2017
I'm not sure that VW employs any designers anymore....VW King of boring!!

Carman

22 March 2017
I'm not sure that VW employs any designers anymore....VW King of boring!!

Carman

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