Volkswagen is getting ready to introduce an all-new subcompact crossover by the end of this year. We know that because we managed to catch a prototype that appears to be almost ready for the official debut. Judging by the latest reports, the all-new high-riding vehicle will come as the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc, but it won’t be as funky as the T-ROC Concept that was introduced a couple years ago.
Styling wise, the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc sports pretty streamlined hood and quite interesting grille. As you may notice, both headlights and taillights are still partly masked, so there might be some changes here. If you ask us, the manufacturer might use a more angular design for the headlights, but we will see what’s going to happen. As for the rest of the car, the profile appears to be borrowed from the bigger Atlas crossover, but since it is a more shrunken model, the T-Roc looks more dynamic. Around back, the mini SUV features very pronounced rear hatch, while the fenders appear to be overemphasized as well. How we see it, the carmaker is trying to build a vehicle that could compete with the Nissan Juke and Renault Capture, but we highly doubt that they will succeed in the mission. No, there is nothing wrong with the upcoming T-Roc. It’s pretty handsome, but also too normal to compete with the ugly yet fast-selling Juke.
The 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc will have a lot of in common with the Golf. Moreover, it will share the MQB architecture and some of the engine options. According to the latest reports, the subcompact will get several three- and four-cylinder engines, as well as a six-speed manual and new seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The base model will likely use a 1.0-liter TSI turbo with 115 horsepower, but you will be able to get a 1.5-liter option with 150 hp, and an impressive 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 158 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. The manufacturer might also add a high-performance model, which should use a 2.0-liter turbocharged mill. It’s quite possible because the prototype features red brake calipers similar to that of the GTI.
Anyway, the 2018 VW T-Roc will be introduced before the end of this year, most likely at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The subcompact crossover will be available in North America as well.