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Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT - ETA: TBC, but will come to SA

BABY OF THE FAM­ILY

Po­si­tioned be­neath the Tiguan, the T-roc is un­der­pinned by VW’S ex­ten­sively utilised MQB mod­u­lar plat­form and will share a good deal of its run­ning gear with the re­lated Audi Q2. Mea­sur­ing 4,17 me­tres in length, 1,83 me­tres wide and 1,50 me­tres high, the T-roc is com­pa­ra­ble in size to the Nis­san Juke.

SAFE AS HAUSES

Driver-as­sis­tance sys­tems, in­clud­ing city emer­gency brak­ing and a lane-keep­ing func­tion, will be of­fered along­side adap­tive chas­sis con­trol and pro­gres­sive as­sis­tance steer­ing. An elec­tri­cally op­er­ated rear hatch and key­less ig­ni­tion are among the op­tional con­ve­nience fea­tures.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

In­ter­na­tion­ally, the T-roc will be of­fered with these pow­er­plants.

Petrol

1,0 TSI, FWD, six-speed man­ual (85 kw/200 N.m) 1,5 TSI, FWD/AWD, six-speed man­ual/ seven-speed dual-clutch (110 kw/250 N.m) 2,0 TSI, AWD, seven-speed dual-clutch (140 kw/320 N.m)

Diesel

1,6 TDI, FWD, six-speed man­ual (85 kw/250 N.m) 2,0 TDI, FWD/AWD, six-speed man­ual/ seven-speed dual clutch (110 kw/340 N.m) 2,0 TDI, AWD, seven-speed dual-clutch (140 kw/400 N.m)

HARD ROC-ER

Volk­swa­gen AG’S board chair­man, Her­bert Diess, has stated that the group is keen on the idea of an R model. Should it get the green light, the T-roc R would fea­ture AWD and a 2,0-litre TSI tur­bopetrol engine tuned to pro­duce 223 kw.

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