As part of the biggest model offensive in its history, Volkswagen is extending its model range by adding a compact-class crossover: the T-Roc.
It aims to bring ‘fresh impetus to the compact SUV class’, offering “maximum personalisation, innovative digitalisation, perfect connectivity, leading-edge driver assistance systems, dynamic engines and above all modern, expressive design”.
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 SUV market is booming – especially in the compact segment: experts estimate that the segment will almost double in size over the next decade and so Volkswagen is jumping on the bandwagon by bringing in another model in the compact SUV space, below the Tiguan.
The German carmaker says its package of features sets new benchmarks and it will be equally appealing to customers of every age, from young singles to empty nesters.
“Snappy, sporty dimensions outside, great functionality inside” is how they describe the new car. “The optionally front-wheel or all-wheel drive all-rounder combines the aplomb of an SUV with the agility of a sporty compact model”.
It is the first Volkswagen SUV that will be available to order in two-tone paintwork with contrasting roof section, while numerous design elements define the new five-seater’s style: at the front there is a wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual headlights and a ‘light signature’ which will make the T-Roc “unmistakable even at night”.
The elongated silhouette is characterised by a striking chrome element that runs from the A-pillars across the complete side roof line all the way into the C-pillar and is reminiscent of a coupé. The off-road look is enhanced by all-round, dark plastic trim which protects the bodywork around the wheel arches and side sills, as well as the vehicle’s front and rear.
The interior has an SUV feel and the interplay between the Active Info Display and the infotainment system creates what is described as “a new, digital and interactive cockpit”. Via smartphone and Volkswagen Car Net it is possible to use a wide spectrum of online services and apps and to integrate the telephone and/or media library.
The new T-Roc is positioned in the segment below the Tiguan and like the latter and the Atlas/Teramont is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). If all five seats are occupied, luggage space when loaded up to the top edge of the rear seat backrests totals 445 litres. The backrests can also be folded down in a 60/40 split, yielding luggage capacity of up to 1,290 litres.
Even the entry level version comes with high-tech systems like 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 and LED daytime running lights in the bumper.
In addition, two higher trims, ‘Sport’ and ‘Style’, are available: ‘Style’ is characterised by exclusive touches such as the interior’s decorative panels, while the focus in the ‘Sport’ is on sporty features like standard sport comfort seats.
Optional driver assistance systems include adaptive cruise control (ACC), Rear View reversing camera, a lane change system including Rear Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Park Assist including manoeuvring brake function, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist. Also available are adaptive chassis control DCC and progressive steering, electric operation of the rear hatch and Keyless Access.
Like the larger Tiguan, the T-Roc is being offered with turbocharged engines: three petrol engines (TSI) and three diesels (TDI). Some come with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, and some with front-wheel drive, 4Motion all-wheel drive and a dual clutch gearbox (7-speed DSG).
It will fall in the €20,000 class segment (in the German market) when market launch begins in Europe this November.