Souped-Up Volkswagen T-Roc R A Possibility

Volkswagen has yet to launch its Golf-based T-Roc SUV but has already admitted that a high-performance variant is a possibility.

According to VW’s head of development Frank Welsch, the small SUV that shares its underpinnings with the Audi Q2 and Seat Ateca could receive an R-badged version.

“Yes, of course I could imagine more powerful engines and it has been prepared for the eventuality. I wouldn’t call it a GTI — an SUV isn’t a fitting car for that badge, perhaps — but I could imagine it as an R,” he told Autocar.

“Our first job is to launch the standard car and see the reaction to it. If demand is there for a more powerful car, we can likely satisfy it. There is a great deal of potential in the car that we can unlock if customers want it.”

As the T-Roc uses the same platform as the Golf and therefore the Golf R, outfitting the SUV with the R’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine shouldn’t prove too difficult. As it stands, this engine delivers 310 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque but those numbers could swell to offset the increased weight of the T-Roc.

A couple of days ago, spy shots emerged showing the standard T-Roc undisguised for the very first time. The “baby Tiguan” shares very few styling cues from the original T-Roc concept but certainly has the potential to look quite mean in R-guise when bathed in aggressive body parts and add-ons.


  • Benjamin B.

    Nice Ford

    • Mark S

      I think most of the resemblance is decals and tape work.

  • Mark S

    A R, version would be a no-brainer for Europe and the USA. I just wish it came with the removable rood panel/s from the concept. This could be a very intriguing vehicle.

    • Benjamin B.

      A lifted Golf R. I actually am intrigued. The size doesn’t look too small or too big. It’s closer to the current Tiguan, which I really like the size segment of. VW will continue to sell that old Tiguan until the Troc comes out. I always saw the Tiguan as a GTI on stilts. It has the same 2.0 tsi engine as the GTI.

  • Infinite1

    I loose all respect when the words “souped-up” is used in the same sentence as a vehicle, performance or not.

  • Julien Lachemoi

    It looks so “meh” that it ironically stands out as being even more boring that the usual VW line-up.

  • SteersUright

    Easily the most premium looking in its segment. Probably will feel the same as well, when the comparisons start coming out. I hate VW reliability (sorry, marketing wont work on me, I know its crap firsthand) but I do love how solid “feeling” their cars are and how beautifully finished they appear inside and out.

  • Snoopi

    The next gen VW Tiguan to be sold in the U.S. will only have a R-Line, not a performance R version.
    To retain existing VW owners who have outgrown the Golf R and capture new buyers looking
    for a performance CUV/SUV/CrossOver, VW need to create a T-Roc R for the U.S.
    market. ASAP. Otherwise some other car maker will fulfill the U.S. demand frenzy for a performance CUV/SUV/CrossOver.

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