VW previews future SUV styling with T-ROC crossover concept

The T-ROC's wide front grille with large, honeycomb-shaped openings will likely appear in future VW SUVs.

MUNICH -- Volkswagen will preview styling cues for its future SUVs with the T-ROC concept that debuts at the Geneva auto show.

The three-door, four-seat T-ROC is based on VW's new MQB platform that underpins VW Group models such as the latest VW Golf and the Audi A3.

The T-ROC's "progressive design of the front end demonstrates a new approach to compact SUVs by the Volkswagen brand," VW said in a statement.

The concept has all-wheel drive and is powered by the same 182-hp, 2.0-liter diesel fitted in the VW Golf GTD. A removable tablet in the center console acts as an infotainment display.

At 4179mm (164 inches) long, the T-ROC is smaller than the Tiguan compact SUV but larger than the Taigun subcompact SUV concept. VW has not officially named its subcompact SUV, which is due to launch in 2016.

The T-ROC has a two-panel removeable roof.

The T-ROC concept has a two-part, removable roof that is unlikely to go into production.

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