Volkswagen T-ROC. Autobot meets Karmann Ghia

Volkswagen unveils the T-ROC SUV design concept that will hit the Geneva Motor Show.

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This peculiar entity may look like a Autobot has mated with a Nissan Juke, but this is in fact the T-ROC that will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Again, the name doesn’t exactly rip itself away from the Marvel pages, but the new model is the latest SUV concept from Volkswagen, and is due – once brought to full production – to slip into the line-up just below the mid-sized Tiguan.

Key to the design has been finding the balance between heritage and modernity, hence the 3D radiator grille, carbon composite roof, and ‘headlamp modules’ from the always-popular Karmann Ghia Type 34. It’s a tight little package, measuring at just 4179mm long – some 200mm smaller than the Tiguan – and 1831mm wide. It stands 1501mm tall.

The guts of the new model comes courtesy of a 184hp turbodiesel, which kicks out 280lb ft of torque. Said unit on the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive model is mated with a seven-speed DSG gearbox, enabling the T-ROC to hit 0-100kph in an impressive 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 210kph.

And if you were wondering where the name has come from, the ‘T’ references Volkswagen’s other T-model SUVs (Taigun, Tiguan and Touareg) whilst ROC emphasises its capability on ‘rocky’ trails. The Autobot similarity rather loses its magic there, doesn’t it…?

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