We’ve known for some time about Volkswagen’s plans to introduce another small crossover beneath the existing Volkswagen Tiguan. Now it seems that the Volkswagen T-ROC concept which debuted at the Geneva auto show is emerging as a preliminary indicator of the direction VW will take with its future subcompact crossover.
“We will ask our customers [for feedback on the T-ROC] and I am sure they will like this car,” Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn told Automotive News Europe. “And if they do, we will build it.”
The VW T-ROC concept checks off many of the boxes we expect from an upcoming VW subcompact crossover. Based off of the modular MQB architecture that underpins the new Golf and VW Polo, the T-ROC concept uses a 2.0-liter, 182-hp turbodiesel powerplant, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and variable 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Whatever Volkswagen has in the cards to slot below the Tiguan, it will almost definitely be a Polo-based crossover with actual off-road capability and aesthetics.
Automotive News Europe also reports that a future T-ROC-based crossover could be positioned above another subcompact crossover, possibly based on the Polo, but still below the next-generation Tiguan. At 13.7 feet long, the T-ROC concept is longer than the VW Taigun subcompact crossover concept but shorter than the current Tiguan.
When the new MQB-based Polo subcompact and crossover do eventually arrive, it will reportedly drop 176 lbs and boast a roomier interior. As in the past, a range of gas- and diesel-powered engines will be available, while a plug-in hybrid and ethanol-powered engine are also rumored.
If either one or both of these sub-Tiguan crossovers makes it to production (possibly in 2016), it’s as of now still unclear when exactly they would be introduced to the U.S. market.