We’ve been used to Volkswagen – and just about the entire group for the matter – innovate in terms of design as fast as snails move, but the conservative styling choice seems to have finally been thrown out the window with the new T-Roc crossover.
The company has decided to tease us to the model’s upcoming introduction in a new video, explaining some of the design tidbits and thus providing us with the best look so far, given that no camouflage is involved. The compact crossover, set to enter the make’s range beneath the Tiguan is scheduled for international debut on August 23, and VW says it will deliver a vehicle that “boasts crisp proportions, a progressive design, and a wealth of innovations.” The design traits shown here include the sharp-edged headlights, creased hood, and LEDs from the lower fascia.
The rear looks rather lavish with a massive rear pillar and raked glass, slowly giving way to LED taillights. The T-Roc is naturally underpinned by VW’s ubiquitous MQB architecture, so the mechanical bits are going to be cross-shared with the facelifted Golf. This means the powerplants should be compatible, with a wide range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines as well as manual or dual-clutch gearboxes to choose from. Rumors are also talking about high performance R model, making use of Golf R’s 310 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque 2.0-liter turbo engine.