Volkswagen T-Roc revealed - MQB-based crossover

25 August, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Volkswagen reveals the long-awaited T Roc today via livestream

With its sporty modern design, it stands for a new emotive Volkswagen style and thus sets a new course within the model range. Three of those are diesels, which is in some ways a surprise - some commentators had been thinking that, given the T-Roc's urban runabout nature, and the continuing and deepening diesel scandal, VW might take the step of offering it as petrol-only.

The new Volkswagen T-Roc gets its world premiere in Italy as VW continue their SUV offensive. The off-road look is enhanced by all-round, dark plastic trim, which protects the bodywork around the wheel arches and side sills, as well as the vehicle's front and rear. The T-Roc will launch in Europe in November this year. Crossover T-Roc is built on the platform MQB-A0, which will also be the base for a scattering of new products of the Volkswagen group.

The T-Roc is sized at 166.7 inches long (4,234 millimeters), which is a good 9.9 inches (252 mm) shorter than the Tiguan - but with a 102.5-inch (2,603-mm) wheelbase available cargo space can vary between 15.72 cubic feet (445 liters) and 45.56 cubic feet (1,290 liters) with the seats folded.

Styling for the T-Roc is highlighted by black plastic wheelarch cladding, which gives the auto a more "off-roader" look. Right now there are no plans to bring the T-Roc to the US. Hardly any other vehicle in this segment is as spacious, claims VW.

Volkswagen's Rear Traffic Alert will also be offered, with the system warning the driver and/or applying the brakes if it detects a potential impact when reversing out of a driveway. Style focuses on visual touches, such as a variety of interior colour options, whereas Sport includes more driving-focused features, like sports seats.

A range of high-tech safety systems are standard as well, such as Front Assist monitoring, City Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collision Braking and Lane Assist. Serving the top of the line model is a 2.0-litre TSI engine which delivers 188 PS maximum power and comes exclusively with a seven-speed transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive.

The T-Roc boasts an extensive set of standard features, a large array of driver assistance systems, the latest infotainment tech with full connectivity, and an on-trend bi-colour concept.

Frank Welsch, head of research and development for VW, has told British publication Autocar that the German firm has already developed a prototype T-Roc R for testing. In addition to adaptive chassis control DCC and progressive steering, these include electric operation of the rear hatch and starting system Keyless Access.



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