Volkswagen Could Release a Smaller SUV Than the Tiguan
Will the 2018 VW T-Roc come to the U.S.?
Volkswagen has been teasing us with SUV concepts for years now, but 2018 seems to be the year that rumors are more than just rumors. The Atlas was revealed, and then released soon after. The long-wheelbase Tiguan? It’s coming shortly after. Now the automaker has announced a world premier for the T-Roc, and many are speculating it could also come out in 2018. It’s less clear whether that means a release date for the U.S., however.
The T-Roc video wasn’t released to VW USA media
Here at Kuhn Volkswagen, we typically stay away from news that doesn’t apply to the U.S. market. What do you care about the VW Polo when you’ll never be driving one? The rumor mill, however, always piques our interest. Many times what happens in Europe, doesn’t stay there. The market has different regulations, however, so VW often releases things on its home turf and brings them over here if they are successful. Or could be successful here. SUVs are proving to be one such segment. Then again, with a teaser video presented only on media sites for Europe, we have to wonder if that’s a bad sign.
What we know about the T-Roc so far is that it would be smaller than the current Tiguan, competing within the subcompact SUV segment. We get a few hints regarding materials, infotainment and the VW Digital Cockpit from the teaser video, but not much else.
Back in April, Motor Trend writers had a chance to test drive pre-production versions of the model, and offered speculation that the model could feature a 148-horsepower turbo four, which would be less potent than what we see in the current Jetta. It could also be paired with the 6-speed DSG automatic, and potentially offer an AWD option.
At this time, we’re not sure if or when it will go into production, but Volkswagen has announced the world premiere of the model will come on August 23. Then again, when it was introduced in 2014, it was labelled a “world premiere” then, too.
We’ll be updating here at the Kuhn Volkswagen Blog after the model is displayed, so stay tuned.