After coming into the world as a muscular, two-door concept crossover, the Volkswagen T-Roc has just made its debut as a production vehicle for 2018.
Unlike the T-Roc concept that arrived in Geneva, the production model will be a four-door crossover. Other than that key difference, the 2018 T-Roc will pull a lot from its concept sibling. Its headlights and front grille will be only slightly different from those on the concept, while its muscular body lines will be virtually identical. The T-Roc’s rear end will also be very similar to its concept version, save for its more production-friendly taillights and the slightly more upright rear glass.
At about 18 inches shorter than the current Tiguan, VW expects the T-Roc to compete in the growing subcompact crossover segment. Despite its tiny proportions, the T-Roc will share its MQB underpinnings with the Tiguan and the larger Atlas crossovers, showing the versatility of this platform.
Despite its small size, the T-Roc will have decent cargo capacity, which will range from 15.7 to 45.5 cubic feet depending on whether or not the rear seats are folded.
Volkswagen hasn’t formally announced which engines the T-Roc will use, but it did announce it’ll feature six engine in the global market: three gasoline units and three diesels. Here in the U.S., we’ll likely only see one or two of the gasoline engines.
The diesel, however, will likely not be available in the U.S. following the dieselgate scandal that rocked VW. Shifting duties will be handled by with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but 4MOTION all-wheel drive will also be available.
Being on the same platform as the Tiguan means the 2018 T-Roc may share its larger sibling’s safety ratings. The current Tiguan received “Good” ratings in all but one test, the small-overlap front. In this test, it received a less-than-stellar “Marginal” rating. While its structure may not be ideal, the T-Roc will have plenty of high-end safety equipment, including forward crash alert with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, a post-collision braking system, and lane-keep assist.