Will the Tiguan and Touareg of the future boast Targa-like tops? Unlikely. But Volkswagen has unveiled a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, previewing their (possible) new range of SUV offerings.
The T-Roc Concept is based on the Golf. According to the automaker, if it ever sees production, it’ll be positioned below the Tiguan. It’s a chunky-looking thing with swollen wheel-arches and a striking prow. As an urban animal, there’s no doubting it looks the part.
There’s a four-wheel drive system too. And the party-piece is its ability to offer the “summer airiness” of a convertible. The middle section of the roof can be removed and stowed in the boot. This could very well be a softer alternative to the Jeep Wrangler. Something of a spiritual successor to Volkswagen’s Kubelwagen military vehicle.
Power here comes from a 135kW turbocharged diesel engine and three driving modes are available. Pick from Street, Off-road or Snow. Shifting this grunt is a seven-speed double-clutch transmission. Hill Descent Control is also in there. Volkswagen is serious about breeding a new crop of SUVs, as evidenced by the CrossBlue, CrossBlue Coupe, Taigun and now this. Given the versatility of their MQB platform, some of these cars are closer than we think.