Volkswagen Canada hasn’t decided whether it will flesh out its crossover lineup with a compact model based on the T-Roc concept it showed in Geneva in 2014.
VW’s American division has already said yes to the angular little machine which, if it comes to market looking anything like that 2014 concept, would likely compete with vehicles such as the Nissan Juke and Toyota’s recently introduced CH-R. VW USA plans to have the T-Roc in showrooms in 2019.
The German automaker is kicking off a major SUV/crossover offensive, having just launched two three-row models – the redesigned Tiguan compact and an all-new upsized model called Atlas – and with plans to place a restyled Touareg atop its lineup, where it would go against luxury models like the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.
Volkswagen Canada told Automotive News Canada the T-Roc – which we suspect will be renamed in production form, at least for North America – is “one of many (vehicles) we are evaluating for the product portfolio in Canada,” with spokesperson Thomas Tetzlaff adding “Volkswagen is keen on rapidly expanding our lineup of such cars and trucks.”
A mainstream auto manufacturer keen to expand in Canada would do well to have a compact or subcompact crossover in its lineup, so reading between the lines, we think VW Canada will bring to this country whatever production model the T-Roc spawns.
Small crossovers continue to steal sales volume from car segments, with models like the Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, and Nissan Juke having proven particularly successful. And Nissan will soon roll out the Qashqai in Canada, a new compact crossover based on the refined Rogue.
We’ll get our first look at the production T-Roc in August, when the model goes on sale in Europe.