We've had prog rock. We've had glam rock. We've had perm rock. And now here's T-Roc, a new concept car from Volkswagen sadly lacking in massive hair and gratuitous guitar solos but, despite its sketchy appearance, rather fuller of production intent.
Sam Philip28 February 2014
Is VW planning an Evoque rival?
Here’s a first look at VW’s T-Roc concept, a two-door small crossover. Should Range Rover be worried?
The T-Roc previews a future SUV designed to squeeze into the crispbread-thin crossover gap between the VW Tiguan and upcoming Taigun. It's some 20cm shorter than the Tiguan but 30cm longer than the Taigun concept.
And dinkier than a three-door Range Rover Evoque: the T-Roc is 18cm shorter and 15cm narrower than the best-selling Brit, not to mention 10cm lower too.
The two-door crossover sits on the same MQB modular architecture as the MkVII Golf (and Audi A3, and Skoda Octavia, and Seat Leon, and...), with short overhangs and 19-inch wheels. By concept standards, that's mighty feasible stuff.
The drivetrain sounds suspiciously sensible, too: no one-cylinder krypto-hybrids here. The T-Roc uses the 181bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel from the current Golf GTD, driving all four wheels through a seven-speed DSG. VW says the 1420kg T-Roc will get from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, manage around 58mpg and emit just 129g/km of CO2. Realistic, no?
The remit is clearly road-biased, but VW reckons a production T-Roc could do the business on mud and snow, too, boasting cameras in its front and rear bumpers that beam info to a dash-mounted 12-inch tablet, allowing the driver to keep an eye on potential sump-clanging boulders.
It's still a long way from production, but do you reckon VW could possibly out-Evoque the Evoque?
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