Originally announced way back in 2014, the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc finally seems ready to enter serial production. Once it starts rolling off the production line, the T-Roc will be the smallest and most affordable SUV offering from the German automaker. It will also be one of the unique ones, thanks to its unusual styling and interesting features.
Even though it was originally designed as basically an SUV variant of the venerable Golf, the T-Roc has fully developed into an authentic compact utility SUV. Overall, this SUV looks like a breath of fresh air and something that will surely challenge the Nissan Qashqai and the Audi Q2.
2018 Volkswagen T-Roc – Exterior Look, Design, and Features
On the outside, the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc looks like an exciting and funky combination of the larger Tiguan and the latest Golf model. However, when compared to these two, the T-Roc looks far sportier than the Tiguan and stronger than the Golf. It achieves that sporty and aggressive look thanks to its angular-styled grille, sleek-looking bumper, and large air intakes.
On the other hand, that strong and tough look comes courtesy of chunky plastic trim pieces, slightly swollen wheel arches, and silver skid plates. From certain angles, the T-Roc almost reminds of the Audi Q2, one of its main competitors. This comes as a no surprise, given how both vehicles share the same MQB platform. Thanks to this platform, the upcoming SUV from VW will be lighter and agiler than the older models, while still offering plenty of interior room.
Interior Styling and Tech
Inside, the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc features that same level of sportiness and comfort found in the latest Golf. However, the SUV sports a greater amount of interior space, which comes as a no surprise. Additionally, unlike the Golf’s somewhat somber-looking cabin, the T-Roc will feature a greater number of visually attractive touches, like the glossy body-colored trim around the center console and on the dashboard.
The overall interior styling will be quite striking, with plenty of bold lines and rounded edges. When it comes to the build quality, we should expect a top-notch work, thanks to the implementation of quality materials, such as leather, chrome, and exotic wood. Tech-wise, the T-Roc is expected to feature one main 12.3-inch active info display, along with a secondary, 9-2-inch touchscreen system.
Engine Options, Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc will reportedly sport up to 5 engine variants. The standard variant will come in the form of a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine, which will be capable of producing 115 horsepower. Next up, there will be a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine, with 150 horsepower.
The most powerful gasoline variant will most likely be a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with at least 180 hp. In addition to the gasoline engines, there will also be two diesel variants as well, a 1.6-liter and a 2.0-liter engine. The transmission options will probably include a 7-speed dual clutch and a 6-speed manual, alongside a standard front-wheel drive and an optional AWD.
Release Date and Price of the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc
According to the latest rumors, the upcoming 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc is expected to hit the stores during the first months of 2018. Its pricing will most likely start at $23.000 and reach $32.000 for the premium version.