VW plans to introduce a “charged” hybrid crossover T-Roc GTEApril 10, 2020
The compact Volkswagen T-Roc crossover can get another high-performance version. The machine may well be equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Not so long ago, the presented Volkswagen T-Roc compact crossover already has several versions – the usual version of the model, the high-performance T-Roc R and T-Roc in the back of a two-door convertible. In addition, the manufacturer from Wolfsburg plans to release another version of the model.
Volkswagen can develop and begin production of the T-Roc crossover in the performance of the GTE, which will be equipped with a high-performance hybrid powerplant. This assumption is confirmed by the recent words of the project manager of the company on electrified engines, Dr. Kai Philip, who said at a press conference that “the MQB platform gives us the opportunity to make such a car.”
However, it seems that a similar version of the T-Roc does not currently have a high priority for the automaker, since the larger and more expensive Tiguan crossover is “next in line” to receive the GTE specification. We already saw prototypes of this electrified SUV during its testing.
“In our opinion, we have a larger Tiguan, as one of the best cars on the market,” explained Dr. Philip. “And this is what we are focusing on right now.”
Logic tells us that if the T-Roc GTE project gets the green light, the car will receive the latest Volkswagen hybrid technology, also present in the new generation Golf GTE hatchback for Europe. The power plant uses a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that works with the electric motor, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 13 kWh battery. In a compact hatchback, such a motor produces a maximum power of 241 horsepower (400 Nm). These figures will position the potential T-Roc GTE below the current T-Roc R with its 300 hp, which is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine.
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