Volkswagen Reveals T-ROC Convertible SUV Concept

Meet the T-ROC, the latest Volkswagen SUV concept, which is set to debut at the 2014 Geneva motor show. The T-ROC offers a glimpse at future Volkswagen SUVs: it is smaller than the Tiguan, but larger than the Taigun SUV concept, which is in the development phase.

The T-ROC’s name is derived from ‘T’ as a reference to the names of current and future Volkswagen SUVs such as the Taigun, Tiguan and Touareg, and ‘ROC’ meaning the all-wheel-drive car is as at home on off-road trails as it is on tarmac.

The two-door, four-seat concept combines the adventure seeking qualities of an SUV with the airiness of a convertible, thanks to its roof design. The middle section of the roof – made from a carbon composite – can be removed in two halves, each of which can then be stored in the trunk.

Measuring 4179mm long and 1831mm wide, the T-ROC concept is roughly 200mm shorter than a Tiguan and around 300mm longer than the Taigun concept. At 1501mm tall it sits around 200mm lower than a Tiguan and rides on a 2595mm-long wheelbase. Like the latest Golf, the T-ROC is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, and thanks to its lightweight design, it weighs just 1420kg.

Volkswagen T-ROC concept sketches

The team at Volkswagen Design, led by Klaus Bischoff, have advanced the brand’s ‘SUV DNA’ in the T-ROC, while also preserving its history. At the front, a three-dimensional radiator grille with a large honeycomb-shaped opening, LED headlights, daytime running lights and indicators and prominent round headlamp modules hark back to the Karmann Ghia Type 34. Three-dimensional LED lights also adorn the rear end.

Both at the front and the back, the T-ROC makes use of integrated cameras which project images when driving off-road into the cabin via a tablet mounted in the center console. This allows the driver to see potholes or large stones which could damage the car – or certainly hinder progress.

Volkswagen T-ROC concept sketches

Three driving modes – ‘street’, ‘offroad’ and ‘snow’ – are selectable at the turn of a wheel on the DSG gear-shift grip. Parameters of the running gear, engine-gearbox unit and hill start and hill descent assist systems are modified depending on the mode selected. The active mode is shown in a pop-up window in the fully digital instrument cluster.

In addition to the digital cluster, the T-ROC also features a 12.3-inch tablet in the center stack, with the upper two-thirds of the display extending out from the IP. The multi-touch display (which reacts to finger gestures) is user-configurable, and the range of colors used and information displayed on the tablet change according to the driving mode selected.

The T-ROC sources power from a 181hp turbodiesel engine connected via a newly developed seven-speed DSG gearbox to a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system.


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