As part of the biggest model offensive in its history, Volkswagen is extending its product range by introducing an all-new compact-class crossover, namely, the T-Roc SUV.
Unveiled ahead of its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt motor show, the new five-seater is positioned within the segment below the Tiguan and like the latter and the Atlas is based on the manufacturer’s MQB platform.
Key exterior design features include a wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual headlights and a repositioned light signature at the front. On the sides, a chrome element runs from the A-pillars across the complete side roof line all the way into the C-pillar, which the designers claim is reminiscent in form of a coupé. The off-road look is accentuated by all-round, dark plastic trim, which protects the bodywork around the wheel arches and side sills, as well as the vehicle’s front and rear.
On the inside, if all five seats are occupied, luggage space when loaded up to the top edge of the rear seat backrests totals 445 litres. The backrests can also be folded down in a 60/40 split, yielding luggage capacity of up to 1,290 litres.
Under the bonnet, the car will be offered with three petrol engines (TSI) and three diesels (TDI) when it launches in Europe this November. These will be matched partly with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox; and partly with front-wheel drive, 4Motion all-wheel drive and a dual clutch, 7-speed gearbox.
“With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities. It marks a milestone in our SUV offensive,” says Volkswagen boss, Herbert Diess.
The SUV market is currently booming – especially in the compact segment. Experts estimate that the segment will almost double in size over the next decade.