Volkswagen unveils new T-Roc SUV
New compact SUV joins VW's range
The T-Roc, designed for the compact SUV market, will enter the German manufacturer’s line-up below the Tiguan.
The crossover, which is the latest vehicle to be based on the VW Group's MQB platform, will be offered with six engines at launch — three petrol and three diesels. No exact figures have been stated, but the power units will be offered in a variety of combinations, including front-wheel drive with a manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, or all-wheel drive coupled to the automatic.
As standard, the car will come with air conditioning, a full-colour infotainment system, LED tail lights and daylight running lights.
The T-Roc will be available in a base spec or with two higher trim levels, Sport and Style. Rather than one being superior, the trims are equal, acting as alternatives to each other. Style focuses on visual touches, such as a variety of interior colour options, whereas Sport includes more driving focused features, like sports seats.
According to Volkswagen, the T-Roc is “in a league of its own” in terms of driver assistance systems. Standard features on all T-Rocs include automatic post-collision braking, lane assist, pedestrian monitoring and city emergency braking.
As for practicality, with all five seats occupied, the T-Roc offers 445 litres of luggage space. That increases to 1290 with the rear seats folded down.
Dr Herbert Diess, chairman of the Volkswagen brand board of management, said: "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."
UK prices for the T-Roc have yet to be announced, but in Europe prices start at €20,000 (approx. £18k) and deliveries will begin in November.