Jumat, 28 Februari 2014

First Sketch: Volkswagen T-Roc Concept

Volkswagen will reveal its plans for a new compact SUV with the T-Roc concept at next week’s Geneva motor show.

Revealed here in a series of official design sketches, the latest in a long line of high riding concepts from Volkswagen is expected to see production in 2017 as part of a five-strong future SUV line-up under development at the company’s Wolfsburg-based headquarters in Germany.

The new Volkswagen, which will share its underpinnings with the Audi Q1, will face competition from the lives of the Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka and Renault Captur.

The exterior of the T-Roc features what Volkswagen describes as the latest evolution of its SUV styling DNA, and showcases a newly designed grille aimed at providing future Volkswagen SUV models with a more dynamic appearance than that of today’s offerings.

Running the full width of the front end, it also serves to accentuate the width of the new car in a continuation of the horizontal theme seen on other recent Volkswagen models.

Further design features tipped for inclusion on the upcoming production version of the T-Roc include its integrated headlamps, plus the round LED headlamps.

In a move that hints Volkswagen is considering a targa roof function on selected new models, its latest concept also includes a removable roof panel that can be stowed in the boot.

At 4179mm in length, 1831mm in width and 1501mm in height, the T-Roc is 246mm shorter, 23mm wider and a considerable 199mm lower than the Tiguan. Volkswagen also hints at a kerb weight of 1420kg for the production version of its new SUV, which would see it tip the scales 25kg under the current entry-level Nissan Juke.

Underpinning the T-Roc is a variant of Volkswagen’s flexible MQB high-strength steel platform. It sports a wheelbase that is 10mm shorter than that of the exiting Tiguan at 2595mm. The suspension combines MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link set-up at the rear, while its large wheelhouses accommodate 19-inch wheels.

Thanks to: Autocar

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