Volkswagen T-ROC Concept: It’s Basically an SUVeetle
It's a T-top compact SUV that is capable on rocky terrain. Oh, I get it. T-ROC. Heh.
With the newly-unveiled Volkswagen T-ROC Concept, Das Auto has shown us die Zukunft of the SUV. And is it ever weird (in the best of all possible ways).
The Volkswagen T-ROC Concept looks like the offspring of a torrid evening’s one-off affair between a Beetle and a Juke. However, this love child seems to have more than a few unique tricks up its sleeve that set it apart from anything VW has to offer—including its Tiguan and Touareg SUVs.
In Volkswagen’s announcement of the T-ROC and its impending appearance at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, we are provided 10 facts we should know about the SUVeetle. They are:
- The front end design will influence the next gen of VW compact SUVs
- Front and rear cameras, each lighted by supplemental LED spotlights
- The roof is comprised of two halves that can be removed and stored in the rear
- 181 horsepower turbodiesel engine mated to a 7-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox
- Fuel economy of about 48 miles per gallon
- The latest version of 4Motion AWD with a Haldex-5 coupling
- Three driving modes: “Street,” “Offroad,” and “Snow”
- All digital instruments/climate controls
- Infotainment display is a portable tablet
- Design plays off of the modular transverse matrix platform; 13.7 ft. length, 6 ft. width, 4.92 ft. height
Volkswagen T-ROC Concept Gallery
Of particular interest is the removable roof: “…the middle section of the roof consists of two halves, which can be removed with just a few hand movements and stowed in the boot. Incidentally, the “T” in T-ROC is a reference to the nomenclature of current and future Volkswagen SUVs such as the Taigun, Tiguan and Touareg.”
The three driving modes are also quite unique: “Street” mode is all-wheel drive where power is only distributed to the rear axle when necessary; “Offroad” has push-button optimization, begins with 50:50 front/rear power distribution, and utilizes hill descent assist, hill start assist, gear preselection, and ABSplus; “Snow” mode also has a default 50:50 distribution with ABsplus, and the parameter maps for both engine and gearbox are modified to account for low traction.
In short: it’s a T-top SUV that is capable of handling ROCky terrain, hence the name T-ROC. Well, at least that’s not terribly nebulous.
The Volkswagen T-ROC Concept will debut at Geneva next week. Until then, let’s hear your take: is this the future of compact SUVs or just another flashy concept that won’t go anywhere?