Volkswagen, the German premium carmaker has officially unveiled the new VW T-ROC compact SUV in Italy. Based on the Volkswagen Golf’s platform, the SUV will join the VW Tiguan SUV. It will make its public debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, while the UK launch will take in December. The SUV will be offered with multiple engines – three petrol and two diesel engines in different states of tunes. Both front wheel and 4Motion four-wheel-drive options will be on offer.
This uniquely styled T-ROC was first previewed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in concept form. The company will also launch a new five-seater SUV based on T-Cross Breeze concept, which will be positioned below the T-ROC SUV. This concept was first revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This compact SUV is built on the VW Group’s MQB modular platform.
The SUV will get MacPherson strut at the front and, based on the engine and drivetrain, the rear could get torsion beam or multi-link suspension in combination with an optional adaptive damper system. Overall styling of the SUV looks largely identical to the concept. Design highlights include a simple VW grille and thin headlamps. The LED daytime running lamps and cornering lamps are positioned on the lower front bumper. The bumper has trapezoidal-shaped air-intakes and silver coloured skid plate. Interestingly, the DRLs also serve as turn indicators as it switches to an orange colour when the turn signals are in operation. Also Read – Volkswagen Taigun sub-4 meter SUV To Be Called T-Track
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The side profile looks stylish, thanks to large wheel arches and a strong shoulder line that runs back above the door handles. It also gets a chrome trim that extends from the A-pillar over the roof corner and merges at the base of the wide C-pillar. It also comes with an optional two-tone paint scheme. Dimensionally, the SUV measures 4,234mm, 1,819mm and 1,573mm in length, width and height respectively. Compared to Tiguan, this SUV is 252mm shorter, 11mm wider and 131mm lower. In fact, the new T-ROC SUV is 21mm shorter than the new generation Golf hatchback; however, the width and height of the SUV has been increased by 21mm and 120mm respectively.
The cabin of the SUV seems heavily inspired from the Golf sibling, but it has new body coloured trim to offer refreshing look. Despite sits lower than the Tiguan, the crossover gets SUV-like seating position. The SUV offers a luggage space of 445-litres, which is around 170mm lower than the Tiguan. However, the boot capacity can be increased to 1,290mm by folding the rear seat. Also Read – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars
The SUV gets Volkswagen’s 11.3-inch active info display digital instrument pack and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. The SUV also gets an inductive smartphone charge plate and a 300-watt, eight-channel Bose sound system.
The SUV will come with a choice of three petrol and two diesel turbocharged engines. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-shift automatic gearbox. For the UK market, the SUV will get a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder producing 117bhp and 271Nm. The other engines will include a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder and 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engines producing 152bhp/339Nm and 193bhp/434Nm, respectively. The diesel version will get 117bhp, 1.6-litre 4-cylinder and a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder unit that offers two states of tunes – 152hp and 193hp. The range-topping models will come with a seven-speed dual shift gearbox and 4Motion four-wheel-drive system.
The T-ROC’s 4Motion four-wheel drive system also gets an active control function, which provides different driving modes – two on-road modes, street and snow, and two off-road modes, off-road and off-road individual. The front-wheel-drive model will also get a driver profile function that allows driver to choose between five modes – comfort, normal, sport, eco and individual.
For passengers’ safety and security, the SUV also gets automatic post-collision braking, active land keeping, a front monitoring system, road sign display, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, traffic jam assists, emergency assist, etc.