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Volkswagen Teases Small SUV T-Roc


As the Tiguan nears its launch in India, Volkswagen teases its smaller brethren's "off-road capabilities" in a trailer

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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc Camo Teaser

 

 

Update 22/6/2017: The T-Roc will make its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The MQB-based compact SUV is not on Volkswagen India's immediate agenda. Manufacturing cars on the MQB platform require high investment on VW's part, which isn't feasible at the moment. Volkswagen is working with Tata and exploring possibilities of integrating their engines on Tata's AMP (advanced modular platform).

If you're making anything that looks like an SUV, the smaller it is, the better. Just look at Renault's achievements since it shifted focus from the Duster to the Kwid. The Volkswagen Tiguan is right around the corner, and it would be a good idea to also bring the smaller T-Roc to India once it goes on sale later in 2017 as a 2018-model-year car.

The T-Roc got its first ever paparazzi fanfare at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but back then it was in early stages of concept form. The latest teaser VW released shows the car wearing heavy camouflage on top of, what can safely be called, production-ready body panels.

 

2018 Volkswagen T-Roc Concept

 

 

The video shows the T-Roc cruising around on a trail surrounded by rocks on either side. You read that right. The trail itself is free from rocks of any size and is gravely at best, but for some reason, VW thinks that driving on a path surrounded by rocks is what people call off-roading. Although, the lack of off-road ability never stopped us from buying the front-wheel-drive Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Ford EcoSport by the dozens. Along the same lines, the T-Roc will also pack a front-wheel drivetrain in lower trims, which works just fine in the urban jungle. However, the teaser confirms VW's intentions of offering an all-wheel drivetrain, as they said in 2014. Powertrain options are still unknown, but a 2.0-litre TDI with 184PS on tap paired to a 7-speed DSG was confirmed when VW took the wraps off the concept SUV three years ago. Enough has happened since then to endanger VW's TDI engines, which leads us to believe that VW might make TSI the mainstay for the SUV with TDI as an option.

 

Volkswagen T-Roc SUV Spied

 

 

The fact that the T-Roc employs VW's MQB platform makes it all the more likely to make it to India. Because of the modularity of the platform, VW can stretch or shrink it to accommodate anything from a 2-door hatchback to a full-blown station waggon. The MQB is also designed to fit a bunch of 3- and 4-cylinder powertrains in the VW family. The MQB currently does duty on the Skoda's Octavia and Superb and will also underpin the upcoming Audi Q2, Skoda Kodiaq, VW's Tiguan and the next-gen Polo among others.

 

Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Convertible Compact SUV Concept

 

 

We'll be happy to see the T-Roc in our showrooms. But VW could make us happier by bringing the T-Cross Breeze in the sub-4m guise to take on the leaders of the compact SUV segment. Because the rules are simple: go small if you want to go big.

Check out the teaser on YouTube.

Also Read: Geneva 2016: Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Convertible Compact SUV

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