No, we're still not sold on the silly name either.
Back in 2014, Volkswagen unveiled the T-Roc Concept, a compact crossover with two-doors and removable roof panels. Now, the German automaker is gearing up to reveal the production model at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show that will sit alongside the redesigned Tiguan and three-row Atlas in its ever-expanding crossover line-up. Ahead of its official reveal, Volkswagen has released two teaser sketches of the small SUV showing off its “surprising progressive design”.
The T-Roc's sleek styling doesn’t appear to have deviated too drastically from the concept model, sporting a full-width front grille with integrated LED headlights and a coupe-style raked roofline. In its production guise, the T-Roc is expected to ride on Volkswagen’s flexible MQB platform and borrow its underpinnings from the Volkswagen Polo and Golf, meaning you can expect a range of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines available with manual or dual-clutch transmissions and front or all-wheel drive setups. Volkswagen is also considering a more potent R model powered by the same 2.0-liter turbo that powers the Golf R facelift delivering 310-horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
An all-electric model seems unlikely, though, since VW’s electric range is encompassed by its I.D. sub brand. Volkswagen will be lifting the wraps off the T-Roc before it makes its public debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.