might not know it yet, but VW thinks many of you might be busting for a Polo-sized
crossover coupe. So here's a concept, called the T-Roc, of a production car
that'll join the ranks in three years' time.
concept uses VW's 180bhp diesel engine, a new seven-speed DSG, and '4Motion'
four-wheel drive. It's also got a giant targa roof panel and just two doors.
We're just hoping that memories of the diabolical Suzuki X90 will give them
pause on the latter. More likely for production is a five-door format.
styling isn't as pared-back as other VWs. Instead of the usual rectangular
lights, we get an extra set of big round eyes – a nod to the segment-defining
Nissan Juke? And there's a fancy swoop up over the rear arch. Sorry VW, we're
not sure about that.
it's trimmed out in the usual concept-car jeweller's shop of shiny metal knobs
and fixtures – much niceness, little realism. The T-Roc's all-diigital dash is
becoming feasible though, as the new TT shows.
whole thing is built on VW's now-pervasive MQB variable platform. We're getting
a sense now of what the MQB can do. This show saw the new Audi TT, the little
T-Roc and a big six-seat electric MPV concept called the Clipper from
ItalDesign. All use MQB.
future plans are crossover-crazy. Next year comes the Taigun, a dinky
quasi-off-roader related to the Up-exclamation-mark. Then there's this
Polo-sized affair (think Mini Countryman or Paceman).
Tiguan and Touareg will get successors of course. And, in the US and China at
least, VW is planning a giant three-row SUV that'll look like the Crossblue
concept. Any taking your fancy?