Back in 2014 Volkswagen released a concept that previewed the T-Roc, a compact crossover expected to be released in the late 2017. The car was just a rumor up until the point when a VW insider said that the car is real and it will be released. While Europe will get it by the end of the year, the US market is going to receive it as the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc.
The concept was a two-door convertible crossover which was quite unusual. Later down the road most of us thought that the concept was actually a preview for the brand new Q2. However, this is not entirely the case. The upcoming T-Roc will be a compact four door crossover specifically aimed to compete with cars like the Ford EcoSport.
The early rumors suggest the T-Roc is actually going to use roughly the same platform as the Q2. While this is more than likely the case, this doesn’t mean the two are going to be identical. Both Audi and VW learned to share their resources and their cars are interestingly different from each other.
The T-Roc production model is expected to boast the same wheelbase as the Q2 but this is where most of the similarities will end. The price is still unknown but the car is expected to cost no more than $20,000 for a base version. This is because it will basically be a four-door Polo crossover which is a lot cheaper than that.
2018 Volkswagen T-Roc Design
Even though they haven’t released anything ever since the concept was first seen, we are sure that the camouflaged concept seen a while ago is in fact the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc. Despite being heavily covered, it seems that the T-Roc will borrow heavily from the new Atlas.
The front end is going to feature a rather imposing grille, straight-cut headlights and even a bulky front bumper. The sides are more than likely going to be covered by black protective plastic while the rear end should be quite close to the Atlas as well.
The interior of Volkswagen T-Roc 2018
The T-Roc will feature a long wheelbase which will be only 2 centimeters shorter than the four-door Golf. This wheelbase is also going to be used by the new Polo so the two might in fact share a similar name.
Thanks to the extra wheelbase, the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc should have no problems accommodating up to five adults inside the cabin in relative comfort. The car will more than likely feature a pretty much identical interior to the Polo with the same materials and roughly the same trim levels.
Under the hood
So far it seems that the car is not only going to share its engines with the Polo but also with the larger Golf. The base model is expected to boast a 1 liter turbocharged three-cylinder mill offering around 115 horsepower. A larger 1.5 liter new generation TSI unit with close to 170 horsepower is also a real possibility. Some rumors also suggested a GTI version for the T-Roc.
While this would be great with a 2 liter turbo-four sporting 242 horsepower, it is highly unlikely. Why? Well, considering most of its competitors hover right around 110 to 120 horsepower, it wouldn’t make sense for VW to release a sporty version. On top of its petrol engines it should also receive two diesels, at least in Europe.
A base 1.6 liter mill will offer 105 to 120 horsepower while a larger 2 liter unit should be good for anything between 150 and 190 horsepower. A six speed manual will definitely be standard while a dual-clutch will likely be offered as an option. Despite being a Polo at its core, the T-Roc will more than likely receive an all wheel drive system as an option.