Volk­swa­gen teases new T-roc

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Volk­swa­gen has teased its up­com­ing T-roc com­pact SUV with a video and a se­ries of con­cept sketches, ahead of a global re­veal this week and its public de­but at the Frank­furt mo­tor show in Septem­ber.

While tim­ing for the diminu­tive high-rid­ing wagon has not yet been con­firmed, Volk­swa­gen Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions Paul Pot­tinger said the com­pany was keen to se­cure the T-roc for Aus­tralia.

“It’s a ve­hi­cle we’re very keenly after,” he said.

“We’re very op­ti­mistic about it. We can’t ab­so­lutely con­firm tim­ing at this point, but we will be able to do so in a few weeks at Frank­furt.”

Judg­ing by the im­ages, the de­sign of the pro­duc­tion T-roc re­mains faith­ful to the con­cept that was re­vealed three years ago at the 2014 Geneva mo­tor show, although the open-top roof and three-door body style has been ditched in favour of a more practical hard-top roof and five doors.

No­table de­sign cues in­clude a wide, hexag­o­nal grille sur­rounded by LED head­lights that is rem­i­nis­cent of VW Group sta­ble­mate Audi’s Q5 and Q7 SUVS.

Nes­tled un­der­neath the head­lights are ringed LED strips for the day­time run­ning lights and in­di­ca­tors, with a trape­zoidal lower grille fin­ish­ing off the front fas­cia.

The tail-lights are sim­i­lar to the Troc’s larger sib­ling, the Tiguan, with a wide LED light de­sign that nar­rows to­wards the cen­tre.

Snip­pets of the cabin show a twotone de­sign with flour­ishes of the car’s ex­te­rior colour along the dash and door trim.

Volk­swa­gen Group Aus­tralia man­ag­ing direc­tor Michael Bartsch told Goauto last month the com­pany was look­ing to fill the gaps in its cur­rent SUV line-up in or­der to boost sales.

“First of all, we don’t have the breadth that we would ide­ally like in the SUVS,” he said.

“We don’t have the Mazda CX-9 com­peti­tor, or the CX-3 com­peti­tor, and so on.

“And when 51 per­cent of the mar­ket is SUV, but it rep­re­sents only 23 to 24 per­cent of what we’re sell­ing, you can see that there’s a mas­sive dis­con­nect.”

Con­crete de­tails on the T-roc are thin on the ground, how­ever, it has been con­firmed it will be built on Volk­swa­gen’s ver­sa­tile MQB plat­form, shared by mod­els such as the Golf, Pas­sat, Tiguan, up­com­ing Polo and a num­ber of Audi and Skoda mod­els.

A likely pow­er­train for the T-roc will be the new 1.5-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der petrol unit re­vealed at last year’s Vienna Mo­tor Sym­po­sium, which is said to re­duce fuel con­sump­tion over the 1.4-litre unit cur­rently pow­er­ing the Golf, Jetta and Tiguan.

Volk­swa­gen’s seven-speed du­al­clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion would make a sen­si­ble fit, and front-wheel drive is the most likely con­fig­u­ra­tion for the T-roc.

There is the pos­si­bil­ity of in­tro­duc­ing a turbo-diesel vari­ant, but given the T-roc’s ur­ban per­sona, cus­tomer de­mand could de­ter­mine whether an oil-burn­ing vari­ant makes it here.

The T-roc pre­miere is to­day, ahead of its public de­but at Frank­furt on Septem­ber 12.

FRANK­FURT SHOW: VW teases its T-roc com­pact SUV.

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