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Volkswagen previews Geneva-bound 2019 T-Roc R

by Ronan Glon

We're not getting it in the United States.

Volkswagen wants a slice of the lucrative high-performance SUV segment. The Wolfsburg-based company has released a teaser image to preview the T-Roc R it will unveil at the 2019 Geneva auto show.

Turning a high-riding family hauler into a performance car is easier said than done. Volkswagen explained it tested the T-Roc R on the grueling Nurburgring track, and it asked high-profile race car drivers like WRX world champion Petter Solberg for their input during the development process. Technical specifications remain under wraps, but Motor1 believes power will come from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine tuned to deliver approximately 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque to the four wheels through a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The teaser sketch released to preview the model shows a more muscular-looking front end with a deeper front bumper. It looks like the R treatment brings flared fenders, too, and the hot-rodded T-Roc appears to ride lower than its less powerful siblings. We expect a comprehensive array of brake and suspension upgrades will keep the turbo four's power in check.

Volkswagen will release additional details about the T-Roc R in the weeks leading up to its unveiling in Geneva. It hasn't announced pricing yet, but a representative clarified the model will not be sold in the United States.

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