VW T-Roc Concept Grabs Golf GTD’s Turbodiesel
The T-ROC is VW’s concept SUV that hints at the future of VW SUVs. This one is equipped with a 2.0L TDI and makes around 180 horses and 280 lb-ft of torque, hooked to the seven-speed DSG trans. Removable roof halves and settings for driving on the street, off-road, and snow are among its features.
Specifically, it’s the same 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel I-4 found in the 2015 Golf GTD, which makes 181 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The T-ROC concept shares the Golf GTD’s MQB platform, but is fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a Haldex-sourced all-wheel drive system that includes “Street,” “Offroad,” and “Snow” driving modes. Volkswagen claims a 0-62 mph time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.
Since it’s based on the compact Golf’s chassis, a production version of the T-ROC concept would slot below the Tiguan. The T-ROC is 164.5 inches long, 72.1 inches wide, and 59.1 inches tall, making it slightly bigger than the MINI Cooper Paceman. Like the Mini, the T-ROC sports two doors and room for four passengers.
The T-ROC looks more like a hatchback than CUV in the sketches, with a high beltline, low stance, and large 19-inch rims. The front end is dominated by a honeycomb-pattern grille and an array of LED lights, including a spotlight that also features a camera to display the road and obstacles on the infotainment screen. The rear end also features a similar camera system.
Another notable feature is the two-piece removable roof that can be stowed in the rear cargo area. The interior is finished in a gray and blue color scheme, with seats that are wrapped in leather. The aforementioned infotainment screen is a portable tablet, while the digital instrument panel looks similar to the next-gen Audi TT’s unit that was first previewed at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. With Volkswagen looking to expand its SUV lineup and increase sales, there’s a good chance the T-ROC will make a few more appearances after Geneva.