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VW T-Roc Revealed – A Compact, Colourful Crossover

August 24, 2017

New Volkswagen T-Roc
The Volkswagen T-Roc Crossover

After much anticipation in the motoring industry, Volkswagen has finally unveiled its new T-Roc SUV at a media presentation held on the shores of Lake Como in Italy last night.

The T-Roc is VW’s brand new five-seat crossover hatchback based on the company’s highly versatile MQB platform, and slots into their SUV line-up beneath the Tiguan.

At 4234mm in length, 1819mm in width and 1573mm in height, the T-Roc is 252mm shorter, 11mm wider and, due to its more road-car-like ground clearance, a significant 131mm lower than its bigger brother, the Tiguan.

New Volkswagen T-Roc
The Volkswagen T-Roc Crossover

The T-Roc is Wolfsburg’s answer to compact crossover rivals with the Renault Captur at the lower end, the Nissan Qashqai in the middle and the Mercedes-Benz GLA at the upper end in one of Europe’s fastest-growing car segments.

T-Roc buyers will have a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, together with either front or 4Motion four-wheel drive when it goes on sale in Europe before the end of the year.

New Volkswagen T-Roc
The Volkswagen T-Roc Crossover

The Petrol Units:

  • 1.0 TSI has 85 kilowatts and a six-speed manual driving the front wheels.
  • 1.5 TSI comes with 110 kW and is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox driving the front axle or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with front- or all-wheel drive.
  • 2.0 TSI produces 140 kW and exclusively comes all-wheel drive and the dual-clutch ‘box.

New Volkswagen T-Roc
The Volkswagen T-Roc Crossover

The Diesel Units:

  • 1.6 TDi with 85 kW, a six-speed manual, and front drive.
  • 2.0 TDi produces 110 kW coupled with either six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions drive only the front axle or have all-wheel drive.
  • The Top 2.0 TDi has 140 kW, the seven-speed DSG, and all-wheel drive.

T-Roc models equipped with 4Motion four-wheel drive VW’s ‘active control’ function. It provides the choice between two on-road modes, street and snow, as well as two off-road modes, off-road and off-road individual.

New Volkswagen T-Roc
The Volkswagen T-Roc Crossover

The T-Roc is a stylish entry into the compact crossover ranks. The front end features a broad, hexagonal grille with headlights that feature LED daytime running lights that integrate cleanly into the corners.

The Volkswagen T-Roc will be available to order in two-tone paintwork with visually contrasting roof section which includes the A-pillars and side-mirrors. Buyers can order the roof in Deep Black, Pure White Uni, and Black Oak Brown Metallic for a two-tone appearance with the rest of the body. A thick rear pillar lends weight to the styling, and the heavily creased tail provides interesting visuals even when viewing the vehicle from the back.

New Volkswagen T-Roc
The Volkswagen T-Roc Crossover

The list of optional equipment is extensive. Included is the latest version of VW’s 11.3in active info display digital instrument pack as well as an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment display with support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. There is also a smartphone charge plate and a 300-watt, eight-channel Bose sound system.

Additional functions include: road sign display, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic jam assist, emergency assist, proactive occupant protection, main beam assist and park assist.

New Volkswagen T-Roc
The Volkswagen T-Roc Crossover

Unfortunately, VW says the new model is ‘not yet planned for SA’, but hopefully this will change in the not-too-distant future!

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