Volk­swa­gen un­veils lat­est com­pact SUV

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Motors -

Volk­swa­gen has re­vealed the T-Roc, the lat­est SUV to join its range. De­signed for the com­pact SUV mar­ket, the T-Roc will en­ter the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer’s line-up be­low the Tiguan, and is the lat­est ve­hi­cle to be based on VW Group’s MQB plat­form.

The cross­over will be of­fered with six en­gines at launch – three petrol and three diesels. No fig­ures have been an­nounced, but the power units will be of­fered in fron­twheel drive with a man­ual gear­box or a seven-speed du­al­clutch au­to­matic, or all-wheel drive cou­pled to the au­to­matic.

As stan­dard, the car will come with air-con­di­tion­ing, a full-colour in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, LED tail lights and day­time run­ning lights.

The T-Roc will be avail­able in a base spec or with two higher trim lev­els: Sport and Style. Rather than one be­ing su­pe­rior, the trims are equal, of­fered as al­ter­na­tives. Style fo­cuses on visual touches, such as a va­ri­ety of in­te­rior colour op­tions, whereas Sport in­cludes more driv­ing-fo­cused fea­tures, such as sports seats.

Ac­cord­ing to Volk­swa­gen, the T-Roc is “in a league of its own” for driver-as­sis­tance sys­tems. Stan­dard fea­tures on all mod­els in­clude au­to­matic post-col­li­sion brak­ing, lane as­sist, pedes­trian mon­i­tor­ing, and city emer­gency brak­ing.

The T-Roc of­fers 445 litres of lug­gage space. That in­creases to 1,290 with the rear seats folded down.

Dr Her­bert Diess, chair­man of the Volk­swa­gen brand board of man­age­ment, said: “The T-Roc sets a new bench­mark in the SUV seg­ment. With its func­tion­al­ity, dy­namic han­dling and tech­nol­ogy, the T-Roc em­bod­ies all good Volk­swa­gen qual­i­ties.”

UK prices for the T-Roc have yet to be an­nounced but in Europe they start at 20,000 eu­ros (about £18,000) and will be­gin in Novem­ber.

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