Volkswagen is testing the VW T-Roc sans-camouflage ahead of its IAA 2017 public debut. Reddit user Giantsfan107YGO spotted one such test mule in San Francisco recently.
The VW T-Roc is a VW Golf-class SUV, and that segment apparently is catching the attention of Volkswagen subsidiaries around the globe. U.S. media was invited to the pre-release drive of the T-Roc. This, despite no official announcement, puts substantial weight on the speculation of a potential U.S. launch.
At the VW T-Roc's world premiere last month, Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand’s Sales, Marketing and Aftersales chief Jurgen Stackmann hinted its Indian and U.S. launch with a statement. "This type of SUV is also gaining importance in Brazil, Russia, India and the USA," Mr. Stackmann said.
Volkswagen plans to expand its range of crossovers and SUVs to 19 models by 2020. The VW T-Roc is the fourth model after the VW Touareg, VW Tiguan and VW Atlas. Based on the MQB, the T-Roc is 4,234 mm long, 1,819 mm wide and 1,573 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2,603 mm and offers a boot space of 445 litres, expandable to 1,290 litres on folding the backrest of the rear seats.
Volkswagen has announced that it will sell the T-Roc in ten different configurations. If this model makes it to the USA, one can expect it with turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines, i.e. the 1.5-litre TSI (150 PS/250 Nm) and 2.0-litre TSI (190 PS/320 Nm) units. Availability of the 7-speed DSG automatic transmission and the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system is a given.
In related news, Volkswagen is readying a "sporty", 5-seat VW Atlas. Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, confirmed this in May. Our guess is that this model is probably a coupe-styled VW Atlas, perhaps the production VW Cross Coupe GTE.