The folks in charge of Volkswagen/Audi need some good news in the worst possible way. Rocked by the emission scandal that won’t go away quietly, VW is turning to a rock of its own. A T-Roc, to be accurate. According to and as reported by , the VW T-Roc will be on our shores for the 2019 model year.
Whether the new VW crossover retains the name T-Roc is an open question. With the Tiguan already on the market in a new, larger, size VW may decide a name change is in order. The VW Atlas proves the carmakers willingness to switch model names when it deems fit.
The Volkswagen T-Roc debuted as a concept car inside the walls of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It featured removable roof panels, LED spotlights, and digital instrumentation behind an 181-horsepower diesel engine. Whether the diesel engine makes it to America is an open question after the emission kerfuffle VW has waded through for the past two years.
Where will the new car be built? That’s an open question right now. Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant is a possibility. VW also has available manufacturing space and resources in Puebla, Mexico, and Palmela, Portugal. One of those could be selected, as well. The prospect of import taxes and tariffs imposed by the U.S. administration may be a part of the manufacturing locale equation.
The concept car featured removable roof halves that could be removed and stashed in the rear. Such a design would be unique in the crossover marketplace and could be a strong selling point. Volkswagen hopes to distinguish their new car from competition posed by such makes as Mini and Nissan. The ability to pop the roof would be a good start.
Car show photos reveal some other interesting design tidbits in the car’s interior. A digital cluster is mounted mid-dash displaying navigation details and diagnostics. Dual climate control switches are mounted directly above the gearshift.
Will this be the car to turn Volkswagen/Audi fortunes around and initiate the right kind of buzz? Will the automaker be known again for reliable transportation instead of as “those cheaters?” One imagines good things coming from the introduction of this car. The people making the decision at VW headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany hope so…in the worst way.
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