VW T-ROC Concept Previews New Small Crossover

VW T-ROC Concept Previews New Small Crossover

Continuing its line of production-intent concepts, Volkswagen unveiled its T-ROC concept today ahead of the Geneva Motor Show.

Signaling one of the next steps in its product expansion plan, the T-ROC concept represents a crossover that would sit below the Tiguan. Based on Voolkswagen’s MQB architecture – the same platform underpinning the MK7 Golf and new Audi A3 – the concept only weighs 3,130 lbs. In fact, the concept is actually slightly shorter and wider than the new Golf. Of course, it rides quite a bit higher and Volkswagen says it built the vehicle with the intent for it to be off-road capable.

It benefits from permanent all-wheel drive and is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine that sends 184 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 rpm through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Volkswagen says the concept would accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds and offer a top speed of just over 130 mph. It also claims fuel consumption as low as 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers (48 mpg) on the European cycle. Evidently, the company wants it to have as much gusto on pavement as it does dirt.

The two-door concept features a removable roof that splits in two halves and cameras facing both forward and backward with LED spotlights. Short front and rear overhangs with 19-inch wheels characterize the heavily stylized concept that previews the brand’s future design direction.

Like the exterior, Volkswagen went to work designing a throughly modern cabin concept. Its infotainment system uses a removable tablet and an HD display that Volkswagen says is “integrated into the area of the rear-view mirror,” which is a feature that could be seen in applications outside this concept. Remember, Audi uses a high-definition rear-view screen in its R18 e-Tron Quattro race car and has toyed with the idea of putting it to work in a production car. In fact, all of the instruments in the T-ROC concept are digital including the drive mode toggle that shifts between street, off-road and snow modes.

Volkswagen hasn’t said anything yet about a possible production schedule, but news of those plans might be closer than you think. The company introduced its CrossBlue concept in 2013 and a year later the brand said it plans on having a production model in 2016. Likewise, a version of this vehicle arrive in the near future considering Volkswagen seems to have concrete numbers like a curb weight and expected fuel economy at hand. Most, if not all of the necessary components to build the car are also already here.

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