Debuting at the Geneva International Motor Show, the T-Roc Concept is based on the same new MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform as the current Golf. Mechanically it’s fitted with familiar, ready-to-roll components from Volkswagen’s parts bin, with a 2.0-litre TDi diesel engine hooked up to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and driving all four wheels through the company’s Haldex-based 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system. To provide capable performance in varying conditions the system has three driving modes: "Street", "Offroad", and Snow".
More questionable as production design elements are the T-Roc’s removable roof and three-door body style, although given the company’s hint about the T-Roc following the "Golf format" it’s possible Volkswagen may indeed offer a production version in both three- and five-door formats. The Concept’s removable roof halves are
Inside, the T-Roc features seating for four and an entirely digital dashboard, with instruments, status displays and climate controls all in digital form, and a portable tablet-style central infotainment display. When in "Offroad" mode, front cameras with spotlights can display the car’s surroundings on this central touchscreen to make navigating around obstacles easier, and there’s a rear camera as well. As in the current Beetle, painted interior panels reflect the vehicle’s exterior colour and pay homage to the company’s past.
According to Volkswagen, this blending of past and present was an essential part of the T-Roc’s design: "The team at Volkswagen Design, led by Walter de Silva and Klaus Bischoff, has progressively advanced the brand’s SUV DNA in the T-Roc, but at the same time have preserved Volkswagen history," the company noted in its press release.
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