The all-new Volkswagen T-ROC SUV will be rolled out in select global markets towards the end of 2017.
Over the last few years, the compact SUV segment has witnessed tremendous growth with multiple new products in international markets. The German carmaker, Volkswagen is also aiming to mark its strong presence in this segment. The company is ready to foray in this segment with the all-new Volkswagen T-ROC SUV, which is currently in its testing phase. Ahead of its global launch towards the end of this year, the picture of the production-spec model has been leaked online.
As a reminder, Volkswagen has already teased the production-ready version of the all-new Volkswagen T-ROC at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Though no official word has been made about its India launch, speculations are on rife that the German carmaker is considering it for the Indian market. In the VW’s global product lineup, the VW T-ROC will be positioned below the Tiguan SUV. Designed on the VW Group’s MQB modular platform, this new compact SUV 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, which was displayed 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 design highlights include sharp headlamps, hexagonal grille, honeycomb mesh wide air dams, stylish bumpers, horizontally positioned fog lamps and body coloured panels and LED tail lamps.
With 5-seats layout, the VW T-ROC will offer a spacious and feature-loaded cabin. Key highlights will include floating dashboard, fully digital instrument cluster and a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with voice and gesture control. Volkswagen has confirmed that the T-ROC SUV will come with a new 150bhp, 1.5-litre TSI engine borrowed from the VW Golf. The entry-level variants might have a 1.0-litre TSI motor producing 110bhp and 200Nm, and the high-spec version might get a more powerful 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit and TDI diesel mill. 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. Picture Gallery – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars In India
If reports are to be believed, the new VW T-ROC will measure around 4.3 meters in length. It will have 15mm more ground clearance than the Golf. However, the concept model showcased was 4.17 meters in length. The production model will be longer than the concept, as to accommodate VW’s future small crossover range. As a reminder, VW will also introduce the new Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze compact SUV based on the Polo hatchback. It will have a boot space of 412-litres.
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 feature a large hexagonal grille with chrome slats, flanked by large headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Its wider air-dams gets honeycomb mesh design while 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 gets 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. Based on the modular Transverse Matrix platform, the SUV will weigh around 1,420kg. 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 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. Features such a multi-functional steering wheel, leather seats, automatic climate control and rear AC vents will also be on offer.
Volkswagen had introduced the T-ROC concept with a 2.0L turbo-diesel direct injection engine that’s good for 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.
Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic. 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. The SUV will go on sale in the select global markets by the end of 2017. If launched in India, the new T-ROC is estimated to fall within the range of Rs 16 lakh to Rs 22 lakh (ex-showroom).
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