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Volkswagen T-Roc previewed as upcoming compact SUV?

Plenty of tidbits about upcoming models were provided at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, where carmakers slip in clues about future models in either videos or cryptic PR statements from executives.

Similar to Volvo potentially featuring an upcoming sedan in a promotional video, Volkswagen appears to have shown a CGI image of the production T-Roc SUV.

The production version will fill a gaping gap in VW’s lineup, beneath the now-larger Tiguan, targeting Ford’s Ecosport, Holden’s Trax and the Mazda CX-3.

Compared with the concept version, the production version appears to have headlights which are not as sleek. There’s also a more upright and conventional five-door body shape and DRLs which don’t extend into the grille. The blistered wheel arches and rear haunches appear intact, however.

In terms of platform, it is expected to use the MQB A0 architecture earmarked for the next Polo as well as the Seat Ibiza sold in Europe. This and the next Polo are expected to be revealed later this year.

If successful, it could pave the way for a production version of the T-Cross Breeze concept, which was a convertible SUV in the vain of Land Rover’s Evoque convertible.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.