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Volkswagen teases intro of new T-Roc SUV

Compact crossover T-Roc expected to rival Nissan Juke and Toyota C-HR

Volkswagen T-Roc sketch

Volkswagen has released sketches of its new compact sport-utility called T-Roc, as it gears up for the new model’s introduction in about a week’s time.

Not much is known about the new crossover, except what can be speculated from the sketches and what was presented three years ago as the T-Roc Concept.

First of all, the concept was built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, which is most notable for Golf, but is also used by Volkswagen’s existing compact SUV, Tiguan. Although it’s hard to tell from the sketch’s proportions, it would appear that T-Roc and Tiguan are similar in size.

The difference is in presentation, with the Tiguan bearing a more classical look and the T-Roc’s more edgy. To put it in visual terms, it’s like the difference between the Toyota Rav4 and the new C-HR, or the new Nissan Qashqai and the existing Juke.

The T-Roc also deviated very slightly from the look of the concept, though again it’s hard to tell from a sketch (which usually exaggerates design cues in relation to their surroundings). What can be discerned is that the production T-Roc is a 4-door, whereas the concept used just two. Because of that, it could include a removable roof panel, which opened up the cabin for open-top motoring and, naturally, won’t make it onto the production model.

Volkswagen is promising the go-anywhere ability of an SUV, combined with the agility of a sport-compact. The nose is practically lifted from the concept, with the wide grille and integrated low-profile quad headlights adding the Volkswagen family traits.

No powertrain has been announced, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder that’s ubiquitous throughout the VW small-car line-up.

We’ll know for sure Aug. 23.

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