Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen has extended its model lineup with a stylish and techie crossover, dubbed as the T-Roc. It will have a wide range of gasoline and diesel engine line-up that could power it from 115 hp to 190 hp. 

Ever wondered what T-Roc means? According to Dr. Frank Welsch, member of the Volkswagen Board of Management in Development, the "T" refers to its successful frontrunners namely the Tiguan and Toureg. The "Roc," on the other hand, translates to the English word "rock," which literally means like the car being a 'rockstar' in the segment. 

You may have seen it in our previous articles, where the German automaker teased the T-Roc in both photos and a video, weeks before its global premiere. Now, it can be seen in its physical form, as well as its complete details. 

In Volkswagen's word, the new T-Roc crossover is a vehicle that combines the characteristics of an SUV to the dynamic traits of a compact hatchback. Specifically, this is quite observable with its dimensions. The said crossover is 4,234mm long, 1,819mm wide, and 1,573mm tall, while its wheelbase measures 2,603mm. 

In relation to the above-mentioned figures, the dimensions are further reinforced with its modern exterior and interior design. Starting from the exterior, the global premiere model revealed a wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual, low-profile headlights. A narrow chrome strip then outlines the headlights and grille combination, which separates it from the hood and the front bumper. 

In addition, the T-Roc is given a more personalization touch, as the Style variant gets a bi-colour paintjob as standard, while it's offered as optional on the Sport. The side profile is toned with bulky wheel arches, which added strength in the shoulder section of the vehicle.

For the interior, there are various high-tech features that could be optionally integrated to the T-Roc. This includes a new generation of Active Info Display fully digital instruments, such as an 11.7-inch high-quality display. The infotainment range, on the other hand, goes up to 8.0 inches in size. For comfort and convenience, the crossover has a cargo space of 445 liters with all 5 seats occupied; 1,290 liters if rear seats are folded.

For the T-Roc, a total of 6 engines with 3 power levels are available. There are 3 gasoline TSI engines and there are 3 diesel TDI engines, with power level range of 115 hp, 150 hp, and 190 hp. These engines are as follows: 

Gasoline 

  • 1.0 TSI with 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive (115 hp and 200 Nm) 
  • 1.5 TSI with 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive (150 hp and 250 Nm) 
  • 1.5 TSI with 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive (150 hp and 250 Nm) 
  • 1.5 TSI with 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION (150 hp and 250 Nm) 
  • 2.0 TSI with 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION (190 hp and 320 Nm) 

Diesel 

  • 1.6 TDI with 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive (115 hp and 250 Nm) 
  • 2.0 TDI with 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive (150 hp and 340 Nm) 
  • 2.0 TDI with 6-speed gearbox, 4MOTION (150 hp and 340 Nm) 
  • 2.0 TDI with 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive (150 hp and 340 Nm) 
  • 2.0 TDI with 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION (150 hp and 340 Nm) 
  • 2.0 TDI with 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION (190 hp and 400 Nm)
"The T-Roc sets a new benchmark in the booming SUV segment. With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities and will give our SUV offensive added momentum."

According to Volkswagen, the T-Roc will have its initial production in Europe first, which will then be followed by a second production in China. Of note, the crossover will be launched in Europe in November, while pre-sales will be opened as early as September.

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