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Volkswagen CEO Says T-ROC Concept Could be Built if Demand is Strong

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/6/2014 Karla Sanchez

Volkswagen just showed the stylish T-ROC Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show this week, and there's already talk about building the compact crossover.

Company CEO Martin Winterkorn told Automotive News that he's sure people will like the car, and if they continue to get good feedback from VW customers, "we will build it." At 164.5 inches long, 72.1 inches wide, and 59.1 inches tall, the T-ROC is smaller than the Tiguan, but larger than the Taigun concept that debuted in Brazil in 2012. The super compact Taigun measured at 152 inches long, 68 inches wide, and 62 inches tall. The dimensions are key, as VW brand head of development Heinz-Jakob Neusser believes the size of this subcompact SUV would attract customers from all over the world. With the Tiguan starting at $24,170, the T-ROC would be more affordable. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The T-ROC concept shares the Mark-7 Golf’s MQB platform, and is fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a Haldex-sourced all-wheel drive system that includes “Street,” “Offroad,” and “Snow” driving modes. Underneath the hood, it has the same 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel I-4 found in the 2015 Golf GTD, which makes 181 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Volkswagen claims a 0-62 mph time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Inside, the T-ROC had a removable tablet that served as the infotainment system, which we could see sooner than a production T-ROC. VW said that it planned to introduce touchscreen controls in the lineup within the next few years.

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Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)


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