After being uncharacteristically flat-footed in reacting to the auto industry's seemingly unquenchable demand for new crossovers, the Volkswagen brand is investigating a raft of new softroader models to build out its portfolio. At present, VW only offers its premium-minded Touareg and aging Tiguan, but more product is in the pipeline: the long-expected three-row CUV based on the CrossBlue Concept is expected to get a production home shortly, and the German automaker seems intent on marketing its Taigun subcompact in developing markets. If early language from Wolfsburg authorities is to be believed, we'll shortly be able to add this new T-Roc Concept to the company's slate of likelies, as well.

At its VW Group Night event in Switzerland ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, the people's automaker rolled out its rakish T-Roc on its new MQB modular transverse matrix platform, underpinnings this showcar shares with the seventh-generation Golf. The blue, three-door concept, said to be a "step down" from the Tiguan, is powered by 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder generating 182 horsepower and a useful 280 pound-feet of torque, with power routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. However, in its presentation, VW was quick to note that the T-Roc could take advantage of any of the various powertrain configurations found in the Golf family, so theoretically that means gas, plug-in hybrid and pure electric versions are also possibilities.

Looking something like the VW version of Audi's recent Allroad Shooting Brake showcar from the Detroit Auto Show, the T-Roc includes unique features like removable roof halves that store in the trunk along with cornering LED spotlights that help the front- and rear-mounted cameras cut through the darkness for night-time off-road maneuvers.

VW officials at the vehicle's unveiling were remarkably candid about their hopes for the vehicle, saying, "We would like to build the T-Roc," as it's the "logical consequence of the Golf format." While we're not 100-percent sold on the 'logic' of coming to market with a three-door crossover, after looking over this one in person, we'd like to see the T-Roc get its shot at production.
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Volkswagen concept car provides preview of new SUV range

Wolfsburg, 3 March 2014 – On the evening before the Geneva International Motor Show the Volkswagen Group traditionally presents its highlights. With the world première of the T-ROC concept car the Volkswagen brand is giving a preview of a possible SUV range. The striking features of the concept car include its progressive design, the front section with the LED headlights and two removable roof halves.

With the Tiguan and Touareg Volkswagen has in its model range two of the most successful SUVs (sports utility vehicles) of European origin. In the future, Germany's largest car manufacturer will be expanding this spectrum appreciably with new models in a variety of classes. Coming up at the Geneva International Motor Show (4th to 16th March): the world première of the T-ROC, a Golf-format concept car positioned a step down from the Tiguan. Following the CrossBlue (USA), CrossBlue Coupé (China) and also Taigun (India) concept cars, Volkswagen is once again giving a look ahead to possible future SUV models.

The T-ROC follows a new design line and interior style, with the progressive design of the front section being particularly striking. The two-door vehicle also combines the talents of an all-wheel drive SUV - which doesn't capitulate even when faced with rocky off-road tracks - with the summery airiness of a convertible. The middle section of the roof consists of two halves that with just a few flicks can be taken off and stowed in the boot. Front and rear cameras, which are backed up in the dark by LED headlights, extend the driver's field of vision.

Powered by a 135 kW / 184 PS turbo-diesel direct injection engine, the T-ROC is equipped with three different driving modes: 'Street', 'Off-road' and 'Snow'. The parameters of the 4Motion drive train, 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch gearbox), ABS, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control vary depending on the mode selected. The 2.0 TDI engine's fuel consumption is a low 4.9 l/100 km, while maximum torque is 380 Nm.

The vehicle body has been designed based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Thanks to lightweight construction the SUV weighsjust 1,420 kg. Visually striking features include the relatively short overhangs and the multi-part 19-inch alloy wheels with size 245/45 tyres.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Joey Franklin
      • 9 Months Ago
      We need more 2 door crossovers, i remember when almost all SUV's were 2 door like the Blazer, Bronco II, Explorer Sport (and mazda navajo). It's definitely a niche that not even BMW has filled yet.
      • 9 Months Ago
      "with an eye toward production" Not holding my breath - We've heard that before from VW in regards to past concepts.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Oh it's a 2 door VW Juke with a targa top. Oddly enough, it kinda works for me. They need something other than the GTI to carry the 'fun' banner.
      • 9 Months Ago
      VW is preparing a Polo sized Crossover. The next Polo will also be based on the MQB platform so what we see here is most likely an outlook of what we will see as a four door version in 2 years or so.
      James Dailey
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's perfect. I'm a young professional living in downtown Seattle. I want a smaller car for the city, but something with a little ground clearance for the Cascades mountains trailheads on weekends. Bring a GTI-spec, 4Motion, manual, please. If it's an automatic (DSG), then I'll just buy a GTI instead. Not interested in automatics.
      • 9 Months Ago
      I. Want. This. Where I live, our winters are rough enough that I could use the extra ground clearance and AWD, and the cargo room would come in handy, but I like the coupe styling too. The only thing on the market even remotely like this is the Range Rover Evoque, which I find a little feminine. Please build this, VW!
      Scott Satellite
      • 9 Months Ago
      I would be all over a sporty TWO-DOOR crossover that looked this good. I hope VW makes the nads to make this and not panic at the last minute and offer it only as a four-door or worse, a faux-coupe. I also hope VW doesn't underestimate the panache that building something like this in Germany would bring to the game. Like my current TDI I don't just want my next VW to be German engineered, I want it to be German.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Let's be real, Volkswagen is way too conservative to produce anything even remotely resembling the T-Roc. Even if they did manage a watered down version, VWoA lacks the courage to bring it to the USA, SO, we will never see the T-Rock in this century.
        • 9 Months Ago
        Theyll make it an Audi and try n sell it for 80K..
      • 9 Months Ago
      A new ABOMINATION is sweeping the auto industry. Need help figuring out, then look no further than the examples listed below. The first to start this was none other than Range Rover with the Evoque coupe. Next, we have the Mini Paceman, Macan coupe ('16), BMW X2, and Audi's upcoming Q4. The high end marques will be here by the end of the decade like upcoming Q8, Lamborghini Eros, (which will be both coupe and quad versions) Aston Martin's Lagonda. Finally, not to be excluded from the party Mercedes will debut a crossover coupe based on it's next GL platform that it shares with Aston. GET READY!
        • 9 Months Ago
        It started with the Evoque ? Because there never was a 3 door Wrangler, Toyota Rav4, Mercedes G, Land Rover Defender, Suzuki Vitara, Ford Maverick, Nissan Patrol, etc...
        Joey Franklin
        • 9 Months Ago
        Where has a Macan coupe been mentioned? I want the Macan as is if they make a 2 door i'm going way in debt to get one.
      Max Bullo
      • 9 Months Ago
      Actually this car is everything but innovative or original...looks like a 2002 concept. The 2001 Toyota RSC is way more innovative and attractive than this vw snooze fest.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        wrong it is a take off on the steppenwolf from audi which was unveiled in 2000 BEFORE toyota. The fact you find that ugly POS toyota RSC attractive proves you know very little about styling.
      • 9 Months Ago
      did the juke need competition? I say it needs lethal injection.
      • 9 Months Ago
      I don't see much to not like with the design. But, VW is showing a 'probable' for production design - again. So, after the last 15 or so years and a boat-load of empty promises from VW North America and Germany, I really for the first time in 40years of driving VW's am close not caring. Overall, seemingly, they come to being lost with design direction; i.e., which way to go and are copying or following the rest of the industry - usually late to the party on top of it. As usual, VW has a line-up of highly successful models evolved and accepted for their practical, and still drivable signatures and the various incarnations. But they refuse to make them available in multiple markets. They keep trying to out-think themselves. Just be the VW that has a model line-up already - then make it available - then ask what the broadened, existing line-up market wants from you; which would be based on REAL experienced CUSTOMERS and not what non-driver/owners are driving from another brand. Quit being so damn German and LISTEN to what we want, then GIVE IT TO US.
        • 9 Months Ago
        I've been driving VW's almost exclusively since '86 and feel the same. When it came time to replace the wife's vehicle in '10 we didn't even consider VW because she wanted a crossover type vehicle. We ended up getting a Ford Edge (before the My Ford Touch fiasco). It's a nice vehicle for her, sure the Toureg is nicer but would have been an extra $12k to equipped it similarly, and the Tiguan is a joke in comparison. I'm an easy sell, I've always been willing to pay "a little bit more" to have a VW. With the exception of maybe the new GTi they having nothing now that I would purchase even on a discount. Sad days...
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