Volkswagen has launched its newest SUV, part of the new product offensive that will see a host of new crossovers join the line-up. The T-ROC represents the first compact SUV of the brand smaller than the Tiguan.
Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management, said at the world premiere in Italy: “The T-Roc sets a new benchmark in the booming SUV segment. With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities. It marks a milestone in our SUV offensive.”
The T-Roc is meant to address the growing volumes in the B-SUV segment, expected to double over the next decade, with demand spurting not just in Europe, but in markets like China, India and South America. The T-Roc brings in a combination of aggressive new styling combined with features that set it apart in the segment.
The Volkswagen T-Roc carries on the Volkswagen family look with a new styling emphasis, with a more muscular hood, wide grille feeding into wing headlights, a compact and steeply raked C-D pillar and a roof that comes in a contrast colour.
The dashboard is split horizontally into two zones with the active info display taking the place of a traditional IP sitting alongside the large infotainment display.
The styling is rugged and uses the set off between the dominant colour and dark plastic to add excitement. The colour also makes its way onto seat fabric and leather with stand-out stitching. The T-Roc also integrates modern connectivity to offer apps and access to streaming media.
The cabin is slightly smaller than the Tiguan, although the T-Roc is also built on the same MQB Matrix as the former. Luggage volume behind the rear seats is 445 litres, rising to 1,290 litres with the rear seats folded.
Even the ‘T-Roc’ base version comes with high-tech systems such as Front Assist area monitoring with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the lane keeping system Lane Assist. Also part of the base specification are details such as air conditioning, the Composition Colour infotainment system, LED tail light cluster, visual underbody guard (black) and LED daytime running lights in the bumper.
Volkswagen will be offering the new crossover based on the ‘T-Roc’ specification version. In addition, two higher lines on a par with each other, ‘Sport’ and ‘Style’, are available in parallel for maximum personalisation of the T-Roc. While the T-Roc ‘Style’ is characterised by exclusive touches such as the interior’s decorative panels available in a choice of four colours, the focus in the case of the T-Roc ‘Sport’ is on sporty features such as the standard sport comfort seats.
The T-Roc offers segment exclusive driver assistance systems like Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, the active lane keeping system Lane Assist and the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking as standard.
The Volkswagen T-Roc will be offered at launch with a choice of three turbocharged petrol and diesel engines each. Transmission choices go from front-wheel drive to 4Motion and a choice of manual or 7-speed DSG gearbox. The T-Roc is expected to be priced around 20,000 Euros in Germany, although final prices and feature offerings will be market dependant.