VW enters compact SUV market with T-roc
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.