Volkswagen has finally unveiled the long-awaited VW T-ROC SUV in its production avatar in Italy. It is now the smallest Volkswagen SUV, placed below the Tiguan. This SUV will be joined by a smaller sibling - T-Cross Breeze, which was unveiled last year in concept form. The T-ROC SUV will take on the likes of Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and the Toyota C-HR.
The VW T-ROC SUV is built on the versatile VW Group's MQB platform that also underpins the VW Tiguan and the seventh generation Golf hatchback. It measures 4,234mm in length, 1,819mm in width and 1,573mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,603mm. This model is bigger than the Audi Q2.
It comes with a boot space of 445-litres, which is lower than the Tiguan SUV. However, the rear seat can be extended to 1,290-litres by folding the rear seat backrests. While the concept model was a 2-door convertible, the production version is a proper 5-door SUV.
Talking about design highlights, the SUV gets simple VW grille, thin LED headlamps, ring-shaped LED daytime running lamps that also works as turn indicator, and silver underbody guards. Other features include dual-tone paint scheme, red brake calipers, roof-mounted spoiler, LED tail lights, chrome exhaust trim, etc.
The flared wheel arches have been fitted to large 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a strong shoulder line and a chrome trim that runs across the length and merges into the wide C-pillar.
The cabin of the Volkswagen T-ROC is shared with the Golf hatchback, however, the SUV gets new colour trims and features to offer refreshing look. It is equipped with a 11.7-inch Active info display that we have already seen on the new Audi TT. The SUV also has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control.
The infotainment system is compatible with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. It also has wireless charging for smartphones and a 300-watt, 8-channel sound system by Beats. The SUV also gets ambient lighting.
The new VW T-ROC compact SUV is available with 3 petrol and 2 diesel engines. While the petrol engines are 1.0-litre TSI, 1.5-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TSI unit, the oil burners include a 1.6-litre TDI and a 2.0-litre TDI.
The entry-level petrol engine produces 117bhp and 271Nm, while the 1.5-litre unit is good for 152bhp and 271Nm of torque. The range-topping 2.0-litre engine produces 193bhp and 339Nm of torque. On the flip side, the 1.6-litre diesel engine produces 117bhp while the 2.0L TDI unit offers two states of tunes - 152bhp and 193bhp.
Transmission options will include a six-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic unit. A front-wheel-drive system will come as standard, while VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system will be offered on the top-spec petrol and diesel engines.
Since Volkswagen is planning to locally develop its MQB platform, it is possible that VW could bring this SUV in India. This SUV could be launched in India in 2019 to challenge Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass and the upcoming Honda HRV