Volkswagen T-ROC Compact SUV concept announced; Geneva Debut

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The new Volkswagen  T-ROC is a new VW SUV concept and will make its public debut at Geneva Motor Show early next month. The T-ROC previews a future Volkswagen SUV and is smaller than the Tiguan, but larger than the Taigun SUV concept.

In words of the manufacturter, the two-door, four-seat T-ROC “combines the agility of an all-wheel-drive SUV with the airiness of a convertible, thanks to its roof design.”  The middle section of this roof is made up of a carbon composite and can be removed in two halves.

The T-ROC concept measures 4,179 mm in length and 1,831 mm in width, making it around 200 mm shorter than the Tiguan, and around 300 mm longer than the Taigun concept.  At 1,501 mm tall it sits around 200 mm lower than the Tiguan.

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The T-ROC is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, and thanks to its lightweight design, it weighs just 1,420 kg.  The vehicle’s proportions are distinguished by relatively short overhangs (front: 811 mm, rear: 772 mm) and large track relative to its body width of 1,578 mm (front) and 1,564 mm (rear).  The wheelbase is 2,595 mm.  The wheels are 19-inch alloys with 245/45 tyres.

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Power for the T-ROC is provided by a high-torque (380 Nm from 1,750 rpm) 184 PS turbodiesel engine connected via a newly developed seven-speed DSG gearbox to a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. Top speed is 130 mph in this concept car, with zero to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds.  The T-ROC is predicted to have a combined fuel consumption of 4.9l/100km (57.6 mpg).

Three driving modes – ‘Street’, ‘Offroad’ and ‘Snow’ – are selectable at the turn of a wheel on the DSG gear-shift grip.

The T-ROC’s name is derived from ‘T’ as a reference to the names of current and future Volkswagen SUVs such as the Taigun, Tiguan and Touareg, and ‘ROC’ meaning the all-wheel-drive car is as at home on ‘rocky’ trails as on tarmac.

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