Funky Volkswagen T-Roc is U.S. Bound: Report

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
funky volkswagen t roc is u s bound report

Desperate for more utility vehicles in the U.S. market, Volkswagen has reportedly green-lit a sporty crossover concept that has made the auto show rounds since 2014.

The T-Roc, which shares the same MQB platform as the Golf, debuted as a two-door compact crossover with a targa-like removable roof and pillarless side glass. Just don’t expect the T-Roc to drop its top when it appears in the U.S. in 2019. Oh, and the two-door thing? Don’t expect that, either.

According to Automotive News, Volkswagen’s American dealer network has given the T-Roc a thumbs up, meaning there’s broad confidence in the model’s ability to sell. The model will slot below the next-generation Tiguan and held-over previous generation model.

While the source’s claim is big product news for the U.S., overseas markets are already anticipating T-Roc deliveries in the second half of this year. European customers can expect standard front-wheel drive, with optional 4Motion all-wheel drive. Naturally, Golf engines reside under the hood. Likely, VW’s turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder will be the U.S. go-to powerplant.

While similar drive wheel choices should appear in the U.S., the T-Roc might see a name change first.

Two weeks ago, VW North American Region CEO Hinrich Woebcken bemoaned the brand’s “severely underrepresented” utility vehicle presence in the U.S., hinting that another large crossover might appear on the Atlas’ platform. There was no mention of the T-Roc, but adding it would bring the brand’s ultimate utility count to six (including the yet-unannounced large CUV). It would also give the brand a product with youthful appeal.

A report from earlier this year claims the fun and edgy concept will have a tall glass of cold water poured over it before reaching production. Two-door utility vehicles no longer fly, so expect a four-door model built in the style of the concept. Removable roof panels will let in some air, but don’t hold out hope for a targa experience. It isn’t known if the rear doors will be center-hinged or of an abbreviated clamshell design.

As you’ve no doubt observed, there are plenty of details yet to be pinned down for this model. That includes where it’ll be built. U.S.-bound production models could be built in Mexico or imported from Europe.

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  • Fighter835 Fighter835 on Mar 21, 2017

    In other words, they're going to make another small, boring CUV. I can't wait... (yes, that's sarcasm).

  • Tosh Tosh on Mar 23, 2017

    You can't spell "atrocious" without "t-r-o-c."

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  • Bkojote On paper, GMC is supposed to be the understated, more sophisticated member of the GM truck family.In actuality, GMC is total garbage in the truck world - by the time they're on their second owner they're decked out with amazon wheel spacers, pizza dish wheels, punisher stickers, and really angry opinions about any president who's won the popular vote in the past two decades. And man, these things are ugly as sin too.That's because GM trucks as a whole are kinda the also-rans in the truck category. Yeah, they do sales, but they aren't anyone's first choice. Not as extreme as the Ram, not as category defining as the Raptor, not as well engineered as a Toyota, so you end up with owners who compensate big time to distract others from the endless repair bills. The only owners I know who are worse are the rollin' coal lifted Super Duty drivers. Like you bought a GMC because the guy who sold you your wife's acadia is less scary than having to grovel for a Raptor and you take the Ford guys making fun of you personally.
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  • Cprescott It is ugly enough. But why? You refuse to build enough of your products for your consumers.
  • Cprescott Only if your income also gives you more votes.