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VW T-Roc concept likely headed for production

by Ronan Glon

The T-Roc would slot between the upcoming Taigun and the next-gen Tiguan.

Volkswagen has announced the T-Roc concept that was presented earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show will likely be given the green light for production before the end of the decade.

"We will ask our customers [for feedback on the T-ROC] and I am sure they will like this car. And if they do, we will build it," explained Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn in an interview with trade journal Automotive News.

Designed to be equally at home on and off the road, the T-Roc is a tall two-door crossover that stretches 164 inches long, 72 inches wide and 59 inches tall. It boasts a muscular look characterized by a slim grille with hexagonal inserts, a sculpted hood with twin vents, pronounced wheel arches all around and angular tail lamps. 19-inch alloy wheels mounted on high-profile tires wrap up the off-road-ready look.

The T-Roc's two-piece removable roof panel will likely not make it to production for cost and complexity reasons, and industry sources claim it will ditch the two-door setup in favor of a more practical four-door configuration.

Inside, Volkswagen's latest concept boasts a chiseled look with a large serving of high-tech equipment such as a digital instrument cluster that includes an inclinometer and a tablet-like center console. The cockpit will be toned down for production but the overall rugged ambiance will be retained.

Power for the T-Roc comes from a 2.0-liter TDI engine that sends 184 horsepower and 280 lb-ft. of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Expect the production version to offer smaller diesel-burning engines and several gas-powered mills.

If launched, the T-Roc will slot between the upcoming Polo-based Taigun and the next-gen Tiguan.

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