Volkswagen officials announced that they will introduce the preproduction prototype Golf-based crossover at Geneva Motor Show 2017 in March, while the production version will be revealed later in 2017 probably in Frankfurt.
It is very likely that the name of the Crossover will be T-Roc, as the 2014 model. But, unlike the original 2014 T-Roc concept which has three doors layout, the new model will have a five-door layout of conventional Golf models.
The new crossover mechanically will be based around the company’s MQB platform, and it will be positioned below the Tiguan in the company’s line-up. According to Autocar, It is expected to have the same dimensions as the T-Roc Concept, which means it’ll be about 4,178 mm long, 1,831 mm wide and 1,501 mm high. For comparison, the VW Tiguan has dimensions 4486/1839/1632 mm. As for the wheelbase, production T-Roc will retain the same 2,640 mm wheelbase of the Golf.
In terms of design, the Crossover will have a lot of similarities with the restyled Golf, which was unveiled in the beginning of November. The same goes for the appearance of the interior of the cabin.
As expected, the engine range will include the same units offered in Golf, including the 1.5 TSI, as a replacement for the 1.4 TSI unit. The engine will be available in versions with 130 hp and 200 Nm and 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Also, there’s a good chance that VW will offer T-Roc GTI model powered by 2.0-liter gasoline engine in versions with 230 hp and 245 hp. It’s almost certain that we will see both plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants of the T-Roc.
Four-wheel drive will be available as an option, while front-wheel drive will most likely come standard on entry-level models. Helping power transfer to the wheels will be a six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmissions.
2017 is going to be a very interesting year for VW as they have announced one more Crossover model, but this time it will be based on the next-generation Polo.