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VW T-Roc is a high-riding SUV concept

Design sketches of the Volkswagen T-Roc released ahead of the Geneva Motor Show.

VW has released design sketches of its latest concept. The T-Roc SUV, which sits between the Tiguan and Taigun in terms of size, will be officially revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

The two-door, four-seater VW T-Roc measures 4,179mm long, 1,831mm wide and 1,501mm tall. That makes it 200mm shorter and 200mm lower than a Tiguan and 300mm longer than the Taigun concept from 2012. In short, it’s relatively compact.

VW built the T-Roc on its ‘modular transverse matrix’ (MQB) platform, which underpins the Golf. It weighs 1,420kg and has 19-inch alloy wheels, front LED headlights, daytime running lights and LED elements are the rear. There’s also a carbon composite middle section of roof that can be removed in two parts and put in the boot in case the sun comes out.

The engine from the Golf GTD has been chosen to give the T-Roc enough grunt to make it over nature’s obstacles. The 184PS (181bhp) turbo diesel, which is mated to a newly developed seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive system, provides an impressive 380Nm of torque from a mere 1,750rpm.

On the subject of the all-wheel drive system, there are three modes you can switch between depending on the terrain: Street, Offroad and Snow. No prizes for guessing their intended applications.

The T-Roc will hit 0 to 62mph in 6.9 seconds and will top out at 130mph. Impressive stuff given that VW claims 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of just 129g/km.

At the centre of the T-Roc’s futuristic interior is a 12.3-inch colour touchscreen display tablet. VW says the display colour scheme and information adjusts depending on the selected driving mode. A number of cameras connected to the display give you a better view of any terrain that could hinder your progress. A fully digital instrument cluster completes the cockpit.

The T-Roc gets its name from the word ‘rocky’ and the use of ‘T’ for current and future VW SUVs (Taigun, Tiguan, Touareg ─ you get the picture), in case you were wondering.

We’ll know more when the T-Roc debuts in Geneva in March. Stay tuned.

VW T-Roc concept sketches

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