The Volkswagen T-ROC will have its world premiere on 23rd August, followed by its public debut at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Volkswagen’s all-new compact SUV – T-ROC – will have its world debut on 23rd August 2017. While the official unveiling is a few weeks away, the carmaker has released a new teaser video talking about exterior and interior design of the car. It also gives a few hints about the features that might appear on the SUV such as new Golf-inspired all-digital gauge cluster. Interestingly, the all-new Volkswagen T-Roc will be the smallest crossover from the German carmaker in the US market. Production of the SUV is scheduled to kick off towards the end of this year, and it will take at least one good year to hit US roads. As of now, the German carmaker has no plan to bring in it in the Indian market. A near-production version of the T-Roc was first teased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Designed on the VW Group’s MQB modular platform, the Volkswagen T-Roc will share its design and styling cues with the Audi Q2; however, the latter one is sportier with a coupe-like roofline. The production version of the VW TROC SUV looks completely different from the concept version that broke cover at the GIMS 2014. While the concept version was a 2-door convertible, the production version is a proper 5-door SUV. Some of the key design elements include sharp headlamps, hexagonal grille, honeycomb mesh wide air dams, stylish bumpers, horizontally positioned fog lamps and body coloured panels and LED tail lamps. Also Read – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars In India
With 5-seats configuration, the VW T-ROC will offer a spacious and feature-loaded cabin. The SUV will come with a floating dashboard, fully digital instrument cluster and a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice and gesture control. Volkswagen has already confirmed that the T-ROC SUV will share its engine with the VW Golf – i.e. the new 150bhp, 1.5-litre TSI.
While the entry-level variants are likely to come with a 1.0-litre TSI motor producing 110bhp and 200Nm, and the high-spec version might derive its power from a 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit and TDI diesel mill. Transmission options on offer will be a 6-speed manual gearbox (lower variants) and a 7-speed DSG automatic unit with a 4MOTION AWD system (top-spec trims). Read – Volkswagen Virtus Sedan To Replace Vento
As mentioned above, the new Volkswagen SUV will sit on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that also underpins the Tiguan SUV. Unlike the concept that features a 3D radiator grille designed with large honeycomb shaped openings, the production-ready VW T-ROC will sport a large hexagonal grille with chrome slats, flanked by large headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs). The wider air-dams gets honeycomb mesh design and the bumper gets horizontally positioned fog lamps. The muscular wheel arches accentuate its sporty side profile sharing resemblance to the Audi Q2. While the latter one has a coupe-line profile, the former features a fixed flatter roof.
The SUV features aggressive creases running across the length. The concept showcased was a 2-door SUV featuring large windscreen, large roof spoiler and rear windscreen. There is an aluminium strip on the C-pillars, which add to its styling. Carrying a roof mounted spoiler, nicely designed LED tail-lamps and aggressive bumper, the rear profile of the SUV looks sporty. The concept model was equipped with three-dimensional LED lights and high gloss black boot lid and rear spoiler. It also gets “Cool Granite” plastic cladding adding more to its sporty character. Read – Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Compact SUV Is Coming To India
Proportionally, the new Volkswagen SUV will be equivalent to the Audi Q2 that measures 4191mm in length, 1794mm in width and 1508mm in height with a wheelbase of 2601mm. Though, the concept version of the VW T-ROC was 4,179mm long, 1,831mm wide and 1,501mm tall. If reports are to be believed, the production version of the vehicle will measure around 4.3 meters in length. It will have 15mm more ground clearance than the Golf. Based on the modular Transverse Matrix platform, the SUV will weigh around 1,420kg. It will have a boot space of 412-litres. Read- Volkswagen Atlas 7-Seater SUV Unveiled
While the T-ROC concept was a 4-seater, the production version will have a 5-seats configuration. Most of the interior design elements and features will be carried over from the Golf hatchback. The compact SUV will come with a floating dashboard, fully digital instrument console and a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice and gesture control. Other key features will include a multi-functional steering wheel, leather seats, automatic climate control and rear AC vents, etc.
Volkswagen had introduced the T-ROC concept with a 2.0L turbo-diesel direct injection engine churning out power worth 181.4bhp (184PS). The petrol version of the production-ready SUV will come with three powertrain options – 1.0-litre TSI, new 1.5-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TSI. The 1.0L and 1.5L units make a top power of 110bhp and 150bhp respectively. The diesel version will derive its power from a 2.0-litre TDI motor.
A 6-speed manual gearbox will be offered on the lower variants, while a 7-speed DSG automatic unit with a 4MOTION AWD system will be restricted to the top-spec trims. The new Volkswagen compact SUV will offer three different driving modes: Street, Off-road and Snow. The parameters of the 4Motion drive train, 7-speed DSG (dual-clutch gearbox), ABS, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control vary depending on the mode selected.
It would be quite early to comment whether the Volkswagen T-ROC SUV will make its way to India or not. If it comes to India, the new T-ROC is estimated to fall in the price range of Rs 16 lakh to Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom). The SUV will enter production by the end of this year, and its global launch will take place sometime in 2018. In the VW’s global product lineup, the VW T-ROC will be positioned below the Tiguan SUV.