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Volkswagen T-Roc Concept Previews New Crossover

Funky crossover concept coming to Geneva.

With VW's SUV lineup currently limited to the Tiguan and Touareg, the carmaker has room for expansion in the increasingly-popular sector. The Geneva-bound T-roc Concept shows the Germans plan to add a third crossover into the mix, and from its styling and size we deduce the Nissan Juke is in its crosshairs. VW says the exterior of the T-Roc features the latest iteration of its SUV styling language, showcasing a new grillle that runs the full width of the front end.

Integrated headlamps are paired with round LED headlamps at the front and back that combine LED fogs, swivelling LEDs and a camera. VW claims these were inspired by the Type 34 Karmann Ghia, but everyone else will shout Juke. It's most unusual feature is the removable roof section made up of a two-piece panel stored in the boot, a hint perhaps that Volkswagen is considering a targa-style roof on upcoming new models. Power comes from the new VW Golf GTD's 2.0-liter turbodiesel with 182 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch box and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system that offers three drive modes: street, off-road and snow.

Zero to 60 mph is a claimed 6.9 seconds and top speed comes in at 131 mph. The interior is said to have four leather-wrapped seats, Blue-Splash Metallic trim to match the body color, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, and a removable tablet that doubles as an infotainment display and for showing images from the outboard-mounted cameras and the inward-facing HD camera on the rearview mirror. Check back for live images when the car hits the Geneva show floor next week.

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