Volkswagen is preparing to join the fast-expanding array of city-sized SUVs next week when it unveils the production-ready T-Roc, but before that happens the German brand has released extra teaser sketches in preparation for the real deal.
Official details are still to be released, but Volkswagen’s newcomer will share its underpinnings and mechanical packages with the recently-unveiled Polo light car, meaning the company's lightweight MQB modular platform will be able to accommodate a range of Volkswagen’s latest 1.0-litre three-cylinder or 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engines with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The T-Roc is also likely to offer one major difference compared to the front-wheel drive Polo, with all wheel drive expected to be offered on some variants of the T-Roc depending on engine and model grades.
Volkswagen says the production T-Roc "combines the effortless superiority of an SUV with the agility of a sporty, compact model."
"Both of these attributes are also reflected in the design, which adopts off-road features and infuses these with dynamism and urban appeal. At the same time, the T-Roc remains clearly recognisable as a Volkswagen.”
"A style-defining feature in the front is the wide radiator grille with integrated dual headlights. Separate from the headlights, the housings for turn indicators and daytime running/cornering lights are positioned in the bumper, together with the light signature which provides the T-Roc with a distinctive appearance at night, too."
Volkswagen's teasers reveal that the production car has adhered to the template set by the original 2014 Geneva Motor Show concept, although in the interest of practicality the new model will be a five-door and not a three-door.
To address that Volkswagen is also believed to have a sportier small SUV up its sleeve to wear the T-Cross name, designed to appeal to young buyers switching their focus from traditional small hatchbacks to SUVs.
Full details of the T-Roc will be revealed on Wednesday August 23. TMR will have a full run-down of official details as they emerge.