2014 Geneva Preview: VW T-Roc Concept revealed in official sketches

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 28, 2014

For the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen prepared the all-new T-Roc Concept, a new SUV described as “one down from the Tiguan in the Golf format, for more than just urban driving”. Got that?

Moreover, the T-Roc Concept combines the talents of an AWD SUV with the light summery air of a convertible. That’s because the new concept comes with a middle section of the roof that consists of two halves, which can be removed with just a few hand movements and stowed in the boot. According to the official press release, the T-Roc Concept is 4,179 mm long, 1,831 mm wide and 1,501 mm tall. As expected, the concept car uses the new modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform introduced on the Golf 7.

Thanks to the new platform, the SUV weighs just 1,420 kg. The wheelbase is 2,595 mm. Regarding the design, the team led by Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff created a new design line and we expect to see it on the upcoming models from Volkswagen. As you can see, the concept car features a distinctive 3D radiator grille designed with large honeycomb-shaped openings, high-gloss black trim strip with a knife-sharp look, while on the sides it is bordered by the dual LED headlights. We have to admit that the front end looks pretty interesting although some of you might say that Volkswagen was inspired a little bit by the Nissan Juke.

The front end houses the LED daytime running lights and LED indicators (when the indicators are activated, the white daytime running lights become orange indicator lights). ). If only the daytime running lights are active, then one LED light point is automatically lit at the centre of each of the dual headlights. The side of the bumper facing the street is bordered by a rugged underbody protection element. Volkswagen says that the multifunctional spotlights are the dominant element of the new front-end design between the radiator grille and the lower air inlet. Towards the sides in this area are the large, round headlight modules, which are visually reminiscent of those of the legendary Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Type 34.

Each of the two round headlights has a strip of three LEDs at its centre, with these LEDs forming the fog light. The rear end shows LED rear lights that show a 3D shape: on the sides they are part of the rear wings while towards the middle they are part of the boot lid. The off-road theme is continued inside the concept car, where the four-seater features elements that were designed to match the off-road character.

Moreover, we find a touchscreen in the centre console that was conceptualised as a tablet and the HD camera integrated in the area of the rear-view mirror. Blue and anthracite dominate. Stylistically, the low-profile dashboard exhibits a horizontal layout. A central element here is the dashpad painted in “Blue-Splash Metallic”.

The T-Roc Concept offers three driving modes: Street, Offroad and Snow. Under he hood, we find a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine that delivers 184 hp (135 kW), same engine used by the Golf GTD. Volkswagen says that the T-Roc sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds and has a top speed of 6.9 seconds. Using a speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) gearbox and the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, the T-Roc shows a fuel consumption of just 4.9 l/100 km (equates to 129 g/km CO2). [source: Volkswagen]

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