The curtain has fallen off on Volkswagen’s latest compact-class crossover, the T-Roc. Targeting a new growing segment where compact-class crossovers are getting popular in the market, the T-Roc is a fresh new entrant into the compact SUV class.
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 placed below the Tiguan and it is meant to target a new younger segment with its sporty modern design. It stands for a new emotive Volkswagen style and thus sets a new course within the model range.
How does it drive? It comes with an option to choose the front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The T-Roc sits on the MQB platform which the other VW vehicles sit on top as well. The T-Roc has plenty of new technology such as Volkswagen’s “Security & Service” package which includes Emergency Services, Automatic Accident Notification and Roadside Assistance. Other tech systems also include Front Assist area monitoring, City Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and lane assist.
In terms of space, boot space can hold up to 445 litres if all seats are used by 5 passengers. If the rear seats are pulled down, the luggage space can hold up to 1,290 litres.
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.
Like the larger Tiguan, the new T-Roc too is being offered with efficient turbocharged engines: three petrol engines (TSI) and three diesels (TDI). They are being offered partly with front-wheel drive and manual gearbox, partly with front-wheel drive, 4Motion all-wheel drive (including 4Motion Active Control as standard) and the dual clutch gearbox (7-speed DSG). The T-Roc will take its place in the €20,000 class segment (German market). Its market launch begins in Europe this November.