An image has surfaced that allegedly gives us a glimpse of the upcoming production version of the Volkswagen T-Roc concept. The small crossover is slated to be positioned under the Tiguan when it rolls out next year, with the design and dimensions heavily based on the 2014 T-Roc Concept.
Based on VW’s MQB architecture, the new crossover will essentially be VW’s variant of the Audi Q2 platform from a size perspective. This means the VW version will compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul.
The design of the new crossover is subsequently a scaled down version of the new Tiguan with some new Polo mixed in with it. It doesn’t appear to have the quirkiness that some of its competitors offer, but it doesn’t look too bland either, based on the computer-generated image shown above.
Power could be provided by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine tuned to produce 170 horsepower and a generous 200 pound-feet of torque. It is also possible the new crossover will have downsized engines borrowed from the VW Polo and Golf, such as the 1.5-liter four-cylinder. An AutoCar report suggests it will utilize six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic transmissions and offer optional all-wheel-drive.
Although the name is expected to change for production, VW just confirmed a few days ago that this vehicle has been approved for the North American market. Insiders say to expect it to launch in Europe first in 2018, followed by a North American launch in 2019.