VW en­ters com­pact SUV mar­ket with T-roc

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VOLK­SWA­GEN’S T-ROC – AN­NOUNCED IN Europe in late Au­gust – is its en­try into the highly-com­pet­i­tive com­pact cross­over SUV mar­ket.

Smaller than VW’S well-re­garded and pop­u­lar Tiguan, the new wagon hits Euro­pean show­rooms in Novem­ber, and can be ex­pected to come here dur­ing 2018.

VW chair­man, Dr Her­bert Diess, says the T-roc “marks a mile­stone in our SUV of­fen­sive” into the boom­ing SUV mar­ket which he ex­pects to “al­most dou­ble in size over the next decade.”

Like the Tiguan, the T-roc is based on VW’S mod­u­lar trans­verse ma­trix (MQB). It will be mar­keted in Europe with a choice of six tur­bocharged en­gines: three petrol and three diesel.

The wagon will be sold in front- or all­wheel drive ver­sions and there’ll be a choice of six-speed man­ual or seven-speed DSG self-shift­ing man­ual gear­boxes.

The T-roc is the first Volk­swa­gen SUV with avail­able two-tone paint­work. The twotone fin­ish sees the roof, A-pil­lars and ex­te­rior mir­ror hous­ings fin­ished in a con­trast­ing colour to the main body­work.

Lug­gage space varies from 445 litres when all five seats are oc­cu­pied to 1290 litres with the rear seat back­rests folded down.

All mod­els sold in Europe get air con­di­tion­ing, Com­po­si­tion Colour in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, LED tail-light clus­ter, a black un­der­body-guard, and LED day­time run­ning lights in the bumper.

Stan­dard on all T-rocs are VW’S Au­to­matic Post-col­li­sion Brak­ing Sys­tem, the ac­tive lane keep­ing sys­tem Lane As­sist and the Front As­sist area mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem with Pedes­trian Mon­i­tor­ing and City Emer­gency Brak­ing

Op­tions are adap­tive cruise con­trol (ACC), a re­vers­ing cam­era, a lane change sys­tem that in­cludes Rear Traf­fic Alert, Blind Spot Mon­i­tor, Traf­fic Jam As­sist, and Park As­sist in­clud­ing ma­noeu­vring brake func­tion.

As well as the base model, VW will of­fer higher-spec Sport and Style T-rocs.

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