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. Here's everything you need to know about the Volkswagen T-Roc.
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?
Today - 3 October 2017 - Volkswagen has announced that selected versions of the T-Roc will be available to order, starting from £20,425 OTR.
An initial 1,000 new T-Rocs will be on offer which will be the first in the UK when deliveries begin in December.
The T-Roc will come in at a fraction of the cost of Audi's Q2, with the T-Roc holding 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.
The Volkswagen T-Roc will get a range of driver assistance and safety systems due to it being built on VW's MQB architecture. Standard on all T-Roc vehicles will be Automatic Post-Collision braking, Lane Assist, Front assist with Pedestrian Monitoring, and City Emergency Braking. T-Roc Design models are equipped with a Driver Alert System.
Eleven optional assistance system are also offered, these are built up of:
For those who like to add their own personal touch to their car, some high end options are available on the new T-Roc, depending on the trim level Volkswagen offer an electrically operated tailgate, electrically operated panoramic sunroof, Vienna leather upholstery, wireless smartphone charging, and a BeatsAudio speaker system.
Much like the bigger SUV in the Volkswagen range - the Tiguan, the T-Roc will be offered with a range of turbocharged engines. The T-Roc's engine range is built up of three petrol engines and two diesel, with the option of a manual or DSG gearboxes, depending on the engine.
4Motion all-wheel drive is also offered and every all-wheel drive version of the T-Roc gets 4Motion Active Control and driving profile selection feature as standard. The 4Motion Active Control can be operated via the centre console.
As said above, Volkswagen has been generous with the range of engines they offer on the new T-Roc:
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.
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