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In case you were wondering what happened with the interesting Volkswagen T-ROC Concept, we will give you the right answer. The car manufacturer is currently working on such a crossover, which will probably arrive before the end of this year. However, in contrast to concept’s evident off-road abilities, the production-ready 2018 Volkswagen T-ROC will be carmaker’s first subcompact crossover, yet without equipment for off-roading. But this isn’t the only difference here. As you may notice, the production T-ROC has plenty of new styling cues now, especially on the front end.

2018 Volkswagen T-ROC

The testing prototype you see has been caught with a minimal camouflage, which makes us believe that the ready 2018 Volkswagen T-ROC should be introduced pretty soon. The front-end styling is pretty aggressive, and this isn’t typical for the German carmaker. Still, if they want to be competitive with Nissan’s Juke and Renault Capture, they need to make it with the outlandish details, such as these bulged fenders and very pronounced rear hatch. As for the headlights and taillights, well these are just temporary lights, while the production ready should be borrowed from the new generation Touareg.

The 2018 VW T-ROC will ride on the familiar MQB platform, so it will likely use a standard front-wheel drive system and optional 4Motion all-wheel drive. Of course, Volkswagen will add a range of three- and four-cylinder engines, as well as manual and DSG gearboxes. The base model will use a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder TSI turbo, which will produce up to 115 horsepower, but they will also offer a 1.5-liter TSI with around 150 horsepower. Since it’s going to be available in North America, the crossover might get something stronger, possibly a 2.0-liter engine.

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Anyway, the 2018 Volkswagen T-ROC will be officially introduced at this year’s Frankfurt motor show, while the U.S. drivers should wait until early 2019.

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