Dealers of Volkswagen clamor for Nissan Juke-like compact crossover
Who are ready for a T-Roc? Volkswagen Golf-sized compact crossover concept had its world premiere at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and now it appears to be on track to make its way to the U.S.
According to one of recent report that made by Automotive News, a version of the Volkswagen T-Roc, which goes on to sale in Europe in the late summer, could arrive in the states as early as possible in 2019.
VW brand chief Herbert Diess has confirmed last week that the small SUV would go on to a sale in North and South America in Geneva. He described that the T-Roc will be another big milestone for the brand.
Volkswagen T-Roc Reported to Arrive in U.S. in 2019
The T-Roc will be sloting below the Tiguan and the all-new Atlas. U.S. dealers believe that they can sell the cute crossover and are confident make it profitable, AN says.
It is still not yet known where the T-Roc will be built. VW’s Chattanooga plant seems like to be more likely candidate than Puebla, Mexico, or Palmela, Portugal, due to the current political climate and potential import taxes, which might drastic increase the T-Roc’s cost and decrease competitiveness in the market.
The T-Roc might also receive a new name, but that sounds unlikely. The “T” is a reference to VW’s Tiguan and Touareg SUVs, and the “Roc” refers to the all-wheel drive SUV that “doesn’t not shy away from rocky off-road trails,” Volks Wagen has said.
Underpinning the two-door SUV is the same MQB platform that would underpins the Golf. The concept packed with a 2.0-liter, 182-horsepower turbo-diesel engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, but VW’s turbocharged 1.8-liter is to be of four-cylinder is the engine most likely to be offered in the U.S.
The concept version that has featured to be a removable roof halves that could be stored in the rear. Confidently the T-top like option will remain on versions offered here.