UPCOMING: Volkswagen will be broadening its SUV range with the all-new T-Roc compact SUV. The T-Roc is aimed at a more youthful customer, hoping to broaden the appeal of Volkswagen with younger drivers. The T-Roc is expected to go on sale in early 2018.
The number of SUVs on UK roads has soared over the past few years, with every manufacturer trying to fill every variant in the SUV market; now it's Volkswagen's turn again. VW already has a few SUVs of their own, although, we haven't seen a compact SUV from them, until now.
The T-Roc is aimed at a more youthful customer, taking inspiration from Volkswagen's new design language as well as having a few design quirks of its own. In short, the T-Roc is a youthful, yet modern compact crossover that could potentially have a lot to offer.
So, what do we know so far about the new Volkswagen T-Roc?
The Volkswagen T-Roc was originally scheduled for the end of 2017, although, now it's looking more like the T-Roc will go on sale in 2018, when sister brand Audi launches it's rival of the T-Roc, the Audi Q2.
The T-Roc will come in at a fraction of the cost of Audi's Q2, with the T-Roc expecting to hold a price-tag of around £20,000, quite a bit more than the Volkswagen Polo.
With what we've seen so far, the T-Roc takes inspiration from various other vehicle's already in Volkswagen's artillery. E.g. the short wheelbase of the Polo, with the stance and exterior styling of a Tiguan.
Volkswagen's thin headlights that seem to have made themselves comfortable in the range are likely to feature, with teaser videos and images showing them bending into the grille to give them a seamless blend into the front of the car.
As we see more of the T-Roc, similarities will start to appear that are already featured in the Volkswagen range, such as the brake lights, taking inspiration from the Tiguan and the sloping roof-line - something VW mastered with the Scirocco.
Volkswagen's interiors have always been admired, although a little boring, they bring class and quality.
Though the T-Roc's interior could be a little less reserved. If teaser images and videos ring true, then the T-Roc will break free from Volkswagen's conservative interior and add more customisation.
A bold dashboard trim features in images, which may be interchangeable through colour trim, or trim levels. The colour of the dashboard trim is likely to match stitching on the seats and throughout other accents on the interior.
The T-Roc is likely to use the infotainment system used on other vehicles in the range along with buttons and dials. As it's aimed at the younger buyer we can expect a wide range of appearance and technology options. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are likely to feature and possibly Audi's Virtual Cockpit of higher spec variants.
Until the final version is announced we won't know much about what safety and driver assistance systems the T-Roc will get.
It is likely that it will feature some assistance and safety systems seen on other models such as; reversing cameras and park assist on higher spec models, speed assist and lane keeping assistance.
Although these features haven't been confirmed and we will know more towards the end of 2017.
A test version of thew T-Roc has already been available for journalists to use, fitted with Volkswagen's new 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine paired with a DSG auto gearbox.
Journalists who drove the test model commented on how punchy the acceleration is, especially on a small SUV. They also complimented the sporty exhaust note along with wind and tyre noise being unnoticeable at motorway speeds.
Other engines expected to be used on the T-Roc are a 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol along with 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel.
So far with what we've heard and seen about the Volkswagen T-Roc, it sounds to be fairly promising. With a few possible contenders in terms of engines and possible personalisation options the T-Roc could prove to be quite popular with a few different demographics.
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