SUV’s have become the new hen of golden eggs. Model that goes to the market, model that makes the sales of any brand rise like foam. If before simply having an SUV in the range was enough, now all brands have several, with various size configurations and which gives more cache, different levels of performance.
In the more sporty end of the balance some brands are daring to prepare more aspirational models in search of new niches and its biggest exponent will be the SEAT Ateca Cupra of 300 CV. But he will not be alone, because it seems Volkswagen is planning the option of a Volkswagen T-Roc R, vitaminizing his future to do Camino.
Practical Yes, but SUV’s can also be fun
Within a segment still dominated by the all-powerful Nissan Qashqai, Herbert Diess (Volkswagen manager) has stated in Worthersee that they are considering an option that would go directly to the most radical family of the German factory.
When asked if they would decide to include an SUV in the range with the GTI designation, he replied that “for us, GTI is related to a hot hatch , an affordable sports car. For an SUV we have another sub R , which we are considering including.” This would support the words of Frank Welsch (head of development) about the existence of a possible spicy model posed from the first outlines of the T-Roc.
“If the demand suggests a more powerful model, we are prepared.There is a great potential in the car that we can unlock if consumers want it,” said Welsch leaving little doubt about the possibility Of a T-Roc R.So, little by little we will see how the sports bets start to flourish if the bet works out. At the moment we have somewhat opposed poles with the Nissan Juke Nismo RS of 218 hp or the Porsche Macan Turbo of 400 hp, but we lack an intermediate step generalist who seems to be willing to be copied by the Volkswagen Group. And no, in case you were wondering, there will not be an Ibiza Cupra in this generation as we told you a few days ago.
Volkswagen T-Roc R Model Review