VW T-ROC (Suzuki S-Cross rival) spotted testing with clever disguise in China
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MQB-based crossover goes on sale in world markets by the end of this year.
What may look like a Chery Tiggo from a quick glance, the crossover you see below is actually a disguised VW T-Roc test mule in China. VW is known to create clever disguises for their test mules, with this being one of their best instances yet.
The Audi Q2-based crossover was previewed by the T-Roc concept revealed way back in 2014. Slotting below the Tiguan and Touareg, the dimensions are likely to be similar to the Audi Q2 which measures 4,191 mm long, 1,794 mm (2,009 mm with mirrors) wide, 1,508 mm tall, has a wheelbase of 2,601 mm and a 200 mm ride height. Spy shots taken of a T-Roc prototype with a simple body wrap revealed that most of the design cues are borrowed from the concept car, like the headlamps and grille, sharp LED taillamps, and bumper designs.
To match with the urban, funky appeal of the exterior, T-Roc will have body colour-coordinated panels and unique elements combined with VW’s characteristic interior design and build quality. It goes without mention that the T-Roc is a strict 5-seater with a boot capacity estimated to be over 400L.
One of the engines confirmed for the VW T-Roc is the new 1.5L TSI engine sourced from the VW Golf, which produces 150 hp and 250 Nm of peak torque. Also on the cards is a 1.0L TSI with 110 hp and 200 Nm of torque for the base variant, and top-end models could get more power 2.0L TSI petrol and TDI diesel motors. Expect VW to offer a manual gearbox in lower variants, while more expensive models can be had with a DSG gearbox as all as a 4MOTION AWD system.
Despite the small footprint, the European media are assuming that the VW T-ROC will compete with the Nissan Qashqai, Suzuki S-Cross and the Mitsubishi ASX.
VW T-Roc concept – Image Gallery