Scoop: First Look At VW’s T-Roc Sub-Compact Crossover

While there’s clearly some resemblance between this prototype and the T-Roc concept from a few years ago, some of the latter’s styling cues were clearly never going to make it into production.

That being said, this “baby Tiguan” from VW is clearly on a mission to put a dent in the sub-compact crossover segment, which has grown a lot over the past couple of years.

As far as what this prototype tells us, we can paint a somewhat clear picture for you in terms of design. Certain elements were clearly borrowed from its Tiguan sibling, whereas the profile lines (the one over the arch at the rear in particular) are reminiscent of the T-Roc Concept.

Speaking of which, if the production car is to keep the concept’s dimensions, we’ll be looking at roughly 4,179 mm (164.5 in) in length, 1,831 mm (72.1 in) in width and 1,501 (59.1 in) in height – making it slightly longer, wider and less tall than a Nissan Juke or a Renault Captur.

Underneath its body panels you’ll find VW’s MQB platform, as the new model is expected to share its engines with both the Polo as well as the Golf. We should see both 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol units, as well as 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter diesels being made available to T-Roc buyers.

Those hoping for something a little bit more punchy or fuel efficient options than these regular versions, can only hope for some type of Juke Nismo-rivalling T-Roc GTI, plus a possible T-Roc GTE & e-T-Roc combo, offering Plug-in hybrid and full electric capabilities, respectively. Also expected are six-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic gearboxes, the latter being available as an optional extra, just like all-wheel drive.

Reports suggest that the VW T-Roc could arrive in European dealerships this August, ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show public debut in September. Once available for sale, the T-Roc will compete directly against the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Opel Mokka, Peugeot 2008, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, and Toyota C-HR, among quite a few others.

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  • Dennis Scipio

    This looks like if a Ford Escape, Ford Edge, and a Ssangyong had a threesome and this was the result IMO. 🙂

    • Sébastien

      add Honda CRV to the mix….

    • Benjamin B.

      Omg I saw a miniature Ford Edge as well.

    • Benjamin B.

      Where’s the video

    • baofe

      I think that was the point. They were trying to fool you and well, they got you. If you look at the rear you’ll see 2 covered up badges. One fake badge in the shape of an oval (presumably ford’s blue oval) and the vw circle badge.

      • Dennis Scipio

        Uh, you can clearly see both of the circle emblems representing Volkswagen, of course it’s not a Ford i just said it looked like one from the front.

        • baofe

          no, one is an oval in the shape of ford’s emblem, presumably to throw off people. The front is also fake. if you look closely at the headlight assembly, it’s just a decal. Pretty much the whole front end is fake and shaped like a ford to confuse on lookers.

          • Paul

            Nothing fake about it. The thing is the actual vehicle in the front. It is about as production ready as they get.

  • Matthijs

    The grille, headlights, taillights, C-pillar and boot are ‘fake’ so maybe it will look better in the end..

    • Six Thousand Times

      The grille is mostly for real – except for that piece of duct tape on the headlight that’s supposed to trick you into thinking it’s a trapezoid.

  • TheHake

    Can’t wait!

    • Six Thousand Times

      I know, right? Another small SUV! Didn’t see that coming. No new Scirocco. No new mid-engined roadster. Yay, another one of these things.

      Edit: sorry, that wasn’t meant to be personal – i was just on an old guy rant.

  • no25

    At first glance, the front made me think it was a redesigned Ford Escape. Looks good otherwise!

    • Benjamin B.

      I saw Ford Edge, only scaled down.

      • no25

        Yeah, true. That’s why I thought it could be a new Escape – I could see Ford making the next Escape even “Edgier” than the facelifted on is

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  • haudit

    Looks a little like a reskinned Audi Q2, especially the side surfacing and around the rear door cutline.

  • Andrew Ngo

    This one will sell well.

  • ErnieB

    Why couldn’t they have used this design on the Atlas!!! SMH.. it’s probably a Ford…lol… I see an oval in the back

  • Jumpingmatt

    VW’s camo strategy of late of dressing SUVs up like other SUVs from other makers sorta fooled me on this, at least for 20 seconds. That front grill looks almost real. The back more clearly camo. Seems like a decent camo strategy for very late in the game, just before launch.

    • William

      This is the comment I was looking for. If you take a look at the Atlas spy shots, the camo for that was designed to resemble the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the T-Roc’s case, it looks like they went for the Ford EcoSport/Escape look with the front and rear. To see how everything will actually look, just refer to the Concept.

  • ediotsavant

    Did VW hired Chrysler designers? First the Atlas looks like a Jeep and now this T Roc looks like a Dodge Journey.

    • Tumbi Mtika


  • Six Thousand Times

    Not exactly terrible – for one of these.

  • Felipe Politano

    This crossover would be crucial for VW in Brazil – where the small crossover boom happened some 14 years ago with the original Ford Ecosport and has been escalating ever since – if only they didn’t have the dumbest pricing strategy in Latin America. VWs are always priced way higher than all other mainstream makers, sometimes to the point of being actually priced OUT of the segment, while offering the least amount of equipment – even air conditioning is optional in most models. You can bet VW will be charging Tiguan money – at least US$30k – for those in Brazil. And that pretty much explains why they have fallen from market leader to also-ran in half a decade.

  • Guest

    Rear arch look like bentley

  • Mark S

    Very disappointed! The open roof is not there. This could have been accomplished with a t-top or targa option. I would go with a Golf alltrack over this.

  • Kash

    Looks like a Mitsubishi tbh.

  • What a terrible camouflage job lol.. It’s gonna look great!!

  • Craig

    My very first thought was…. Dodge Omni GLH.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I kinda see that.

  • Six_Tymes

    weird. they took design bits and pieces from Honda, Ford and Dodge Journey.

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  • Kaido Alex

    I think a Škoda version of this would look cool.

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