2014 Geneva Motor Show: VW T-ROC is a Golf-format concept car

Article by Christian A., on March 3, 2014

We must admit that we were not too impressed by the sketches, but the new VW T-ROC Concept looks pretty good especially when it gives a preview of a possible SUV range. According to Volkswagen, the T-ROC is a Golf-format concept car positioned a step down from the Tiguan.

Following the CrossBlue (USA), CrossBlue Coupé (China) and also Taigun (India) concept cars, Volkswagen is once again giving a look ahead to possible future SUV models.

The T-ROC Concept’s front end is dominated by the LED headlights and by the LED fog lights, which resemble those found on the Nissan Juke. The T-ROC follows a new design line and interior style. What’s really interesting is that the middle section of the roof consists of two halves that with just a few flicks can be taken off and stowed in the boot.

Visually striking features include the relatively short overhangs and the multi-part 19-inch alloy wheels with size 245/45 tyres. Under the hood, we find the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel direct injection engine that delivers 184 hp (135 kW) and 380 Nm of torque.

Bolted to a 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch gearbox), power of the engine is delivered to all four wheels via the 4Motion drive train. The engine has a fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100 km. Moreover, the T-ROC Concept uses the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) introduced on the Golf & and has a weight of 1,420 kg.

Volkswagen revealed that the T-Roc has a design which keeps to the new expressive SUV DNA. This is much like the Atlas/Teramont, the Tiguan, and even the Tiguan Allspace, which is a Tiguan that has a longer wheelbase. Thus it has that urban style and dynamism while working in harmony with genuine off-road elements. It was back in 2016 when the brand first unveiled the T-Prime Concept GTE which gave customers a preview of a new SUV carrying this same design DNA.

At its core, each new SUV from Volkswagen would carry a design that is interpreted individually and based on the design DNA. Thus all SUV models which feature a truly distinct design that is without a doubt specific to both the product as well as the market segment. Looking at the T-Roc shows that it is able to do this very well. The design of this new model is indeed progressive and is bound to excite.

There is no question it carve into the mind that it is a “T-Roc.” Even then, there is no doubt as well that this is a Volkswagen. Volkswagen disclosed that it will launch the T-Roc on almost all key markets around the world. For those to be released in the European market, it will be manufactured at the Setúbal facility, which is in Portugal and near Lisbon.

According to Jürgen Stackmann, who is the Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and is responsible for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, around 80% of compact SUVs are being offered for sale in China and Europe. Talking further about the T-Roc’s sales markets, he added that this SUV type is beginning to have importance in the U.S., Russia, Brazil, and even India. Stackmann said that the company projects that annual global sales volume for compact SUVs in the next decade would increase to an estimated 10.6 million units from today’s 6.4 million units.

The SUVs have become successful for a number of reasons. For one, the functionality available is truly wide-ranging. Its sitting position is higher while the exterior dimensions are compact. In addition, the SUVs display a rather dramatic appearance. There is no doubt that with the T-Roc, the brand managed to successfully get a perfect mix. It is able to meet what drivers require when in urban roads.

Thus the T-Roc is apt for a single person who is able to enjoy a number of activities. It is also a good vehicle for families who want flexibility as well as couples who have kids that are all grown up. These different demographics prefer to own an SUV that is not only compatible with an urban environment but also one that is fun to drive for every kilometer. It should also have a design that brings with it a confident style statement. The T-Roc is able to achieve all of these by offering a unique design DNA, high reliability, exceptional comfort, flexible interior, high seating position, and have cutting-edge safety systems.

Despite being a compact SUV, the T-Roc allows itself to be a modern companion in an urban environment, one which can easily manage a family weekend excursion. In a statement, Volkswagen Head of Design Klaus Bischoff shared that with the T-Roc, the brand has managed to come out with another genuine SUV. He said that this model is able to showcase its essential dominance. However at the same time, he continued, the launch of this crossover means that Volkswagen is presenting to the streets a design that is very expressive and can even be considered as “sassy”. Bischoff said further that the T-Roc is great for the urban environment and just as excellent for those great adventures.

Press Release

Volkswagen T-Roc Concept

On the evening before the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show the Volkswagen Group traditionally presents its highlights. With the world première of the T-ROC concept car the Volkswagen brand is giving a preview of a possible SUV range. The striking features of the concept car include its progressive design, the front section with the LED headlights and two removable roof halves.

With the Tiguan and Touareg Volkswagen has in its model range two of the most successful SUVs (sports utility vehicles) of European origin. In the future, Germany's largest car manufacturer will be expanding this spectrum appreciably with new models in a variety of classes. Coming up at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show: the world première of the T-ROC, a Golf-format concept car positioned a step down from the Tiguan. Following the CrossBlue (USA), CrossBlue Coupé (China) and also Taigun (India) concept cars, Volkswagen is once again giving a look ahead to possible future SUV models.

The T-ROC follows a new design line and interior style, with the progressive design of the front section being particularly striking. The two-door vehicle also combines the talents of an all-wheel drive SUV - which doesn't capitulate even when faced with rocky off-road tracks - with the summery airiness of a convertible. The middle section of the roof consists of two halves that with just a few flicks can be taken off and stowed in the boot. Front and rear cameras, which are backed up in the dark by LED headlights, extend the driver's field of vision.

Powered by a 135 kW / 184 PS turbo-diesel direct injection engine, the T-ROC is equipped with three different driving modes: 'Street', 'Off-road' and 'Snow'. The parameters of the 4Motion drive train, 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch gearbox), ABS, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control vary depending on the mode selected. The 2.0 TDI engine's fuel consumption is a low 4.9 l/100 km, while maximum torque is 380 Nm.

The vehicle body has been designed based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). Thanks to lightweight construction the SUV weighs just 1,420 kg. Visually striking features include the relatively short overhangs and the multi-part 19-inch alloy wheels with size 245/45 tyres.

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