I’d wager the T-Roc would do pretty well here. It’s certainly a handsome crossover. I’m really digging the two-tone color scheme. It’ll slot beneath the Tiguan in the VW family lineup, riding on the same MQB platform that the Atlas does.
As for powertrains, the T-Roc will offer three gasoline and three diesel options, all of them inline units with turbocharging. Front-wheel drive and a manual transmission are standard. Buyers can add all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission should they desire.
Base T-Rocs will come with Front Assist area monitoring with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, and a lane keeping system called Lane Assist.
While VW would be wise to capitalize on America’s burgeoning subcompact crossover craze, it appears more and more unlikely that we’ll get something as small as the T-Roc. Perhaps when Volkswagen grows it into the T-Roc Plus in a generation or two, maybe then. But for now, Volkswagen has only promised that the T-Roc will launch in Europe this November.