Are you ready to let the T-Roc "Roc" your world?

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Remember back in 2014 when Volkswagen put the T-Roc Concept on display at the Geneva Auto Show? Well, you should, because it was one of the few VW concepts that we could actually appreciate and the one that we really looked forward to seeing in production form. Fast forward to today, and VW has decided to spill the beans on the all-new T-Roc just a month before it’s set to make its first major appearance at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Billed as an innovative compact crossover, the T-Roc boasts a large number of standard features, a sporty exterior design, lots of cargo room for its size, and a massive list of drivetrain options. Driver assistance features fill the list of standards as well, while there are enough options to make the T-Roc customizable to just about any taste, whether your bland and boring or like to stick out like a sore thumb. Three trim lines make up the T-Roc family tree, with the base model offering a good, affordable starting point, while the upper two trim levels – Sport and Style – bring lots of personalization and stand-out options that are exclusive only to those trim levels.

As an all-new model, that we really haven’t known too much about until now, we truly have a lot to talk about. But, you can rest assured that Volkswagen wasn’t playing games or being lazy when it came up with this compact crossover. It’s very well thought out, full of all the goodness that should drive sales and should certainly stand out in the very crowded segment for which it now resides. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and talk all about it – you never know; this just might be your next new car.

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Official video


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The exterior is defined by its bold, sharp lines with almost every bend or crease precariously angled just right like the design was simply meant to be.

If I had to choose one word to describe the T-Roc, it would be “Sharp.” And, it’s exactly that. The exterior is defined by its bold, sharp lines with almost every bend or crease precariously angled just right like the design was simply meant to be. The front grille, while hardly functional, covers nearly the entire nose with its stretched out hexagonal shape that plays into the inner angles of the headlights smoothly. The entire nose is outlined with chrome, but it’s not all one piece, as the Chrome strips in the headlights provide the upward transition and angle back toward the top of the grille – it’s a nice touch, to say the least. Down below, a massive air dam takes up a good majority of the front fascia but, unlike the upper grille, actually supports air pass through into the engine compartment. A pair of concave fake vents sit in the middle corners of that fascia and are outlined with a thick LED strip while a pair of fog light units sit in the lower corners to provide some low-level visibility when things get a little cloudy.

Up higher, the hood displays a pair of thick, curved body lines that elevate from the base where the fenders and A-Pillars meet while a smaller line just to the inside provides a 3D effect on the hood. Massive fender flares make up the front wheel arches and also feature similar body lines follow the contour. While the fender flares don’t lead into the side profile higher up, they do bleed into the concave section at the bottom of the doors, that creates a smooth, recessed rectangle between the front fenders and the rear quarters. To the rear, the rear quarters are far less pronounced and only feature the sharp contour line to go with a mild crease that is in line with the crease that resides above the door handles. Above the waistline, the T-Roc has a completely unique look compared to its larger siblings, the Touareg and the Tiguan. The roof is graded with a slight slant to the rear, while a chrome strip encompasses the top of the doors as well as the upper and rear sides of the C-Pillar.

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Unfortunately, the T-Roc doesn’t seem to have that removable roof as seen in the original concept, however, it does prove better functionality with the luggage bars up top.

Unfortunately, the T-Roc doesn’t seem to have that removable roof as seen in the original concept, however, it does prove better functionality with the luggage bars up top. The black trim that traverses across the edges of the roof, and leads into the rather large overhang on the rear hatch matches the body cladding below perfectly and with style. What’s really important to note here is that the C-Pillar is angled strongly toward the front of the vehicle, which means the stationary rear glass on the side is integrated into the door as opposed to the rear quarter. It is shaped like a triangle and does make for a much smaller window if you want the rear windows down, but it looks great from the outside, so it may be a fair tradeoff.

Around back, the T-Roc is kind of two-faced. See if you look straight on, it actually appears as if the rear end is almost vertical. But, that’s just your eyes playing tricks on you because if you look at it from a different angle, you can see the hatchback-like design of the rear hatch:

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Straight on View View from an Angle

This is unique to most vehicles, especially in the compact segment, and it goes to show how much work VW put into designing the T-Roc form the very start. With that hatchback-like look back here, there’s a lot of attention-grabbing styling cues that really make it stand out. First off, the upper overhang is angled upward just a bit, which casts just a small shadow on the rear glass. The overall width of the car is more evident than ever back here thanks to the sharp lines that run horizontally between the taillights and just below the lights.

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The shape of the taillights are fairly common, but the matrix layout inside almost reminds me an old logo from the Forza game series. Down below, the body cladding from the sides gets much taller in the center, providing just enough room on the outsides for a pair of fake vents with integrated reflectors. The exhaust outlets appear to be integrated just below those, as part of the body cladding with a nice chrome garnish on top. Finally, a gray trim accent provides a sporty look that is pretty rare in the compact crossover segment as well.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 102.48
Length (Inches) 166.69
Width (Inches) 71.61
Height (Inches) 61.92
Track width front/rear (Inches) 60.86/60.66


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Looking at a glance I would almost assume this was a Mercedes cabin just based on the layout and look of the materials.

The interior of the T-Roc is definitely a big step away from what we normally see in VW production vehicles and obviously very well thought out. Of course, trim accenting like you see here isn’t exactly new – we were doing it long before the automakers decided to, and back then it was at least unique. When it comes to the T-Roc, however, the trim accenting adds a nice touch, and it helps to emphasize just how upscale the cabin really is. I mean, looking at a glance I would almost assume this was a Mercedes cabin just based on the layout and look of the materials. You won’t find as much leather or soft-touch surfaces, but it’s clean with a good fit and finish, and to be honest, probably quite comfortable too.

You really can’t not fall in love with the deliberate lines of the interior – the way the dash is slated just a bit toward the passenger side, the way the overhang above the instrument cluster stands so prominently, the elegant lines that make up all the character of the door trim panels and lower dash. It’s all attractive and a breath of fresh air. And, there’s lots of space too. With the rear seats in the upright position, you get 15.71 cubic-feet (445 liters) of cargo room up to the top of the backrests of the rear seats. Lay down the seatbacks, which can be done in a 60-40 split, and that space more than doubles to 45.55 cubic-feet (1,290 liters.) That’s not class topping, but it comes pretty close.

It’s not all about visual appeal and comfort inside the T-Roc, as there’s plenty of modern technology too. To start off, the base model gets a 6.5-inch infotainment display that is touch-enabled. Moving up to a different trim level or selecting the right option box will get you an eight-inch touchscreen with a CD-Player (sorry no CD player for the base model) while the range-topping model gets the Discover Media, eight-inch system with navigation. Both eight-inch systems offer an all-glass screen like most modern smartphones, tablets, and high-end laptops.

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Ahead of the driver sits an 11.7-inch digital instrument cluster that looks very upscale for this segment.

And, ahead of the driver sits an 11.7-inch digital instrument cluster that looks very upscale for this segment. It offers up your basic driver information but can also be used to control your phone and media library separate from the infotainment system (via the controls on the steering wheel, of course.) Meanwhile, if you want to have App Connect services via things like MirroLink, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto, you’ll need to opt for the larger infotainment systems. You can opt for VW’s security and services package. An inductive charging area is also available ahead of the gear shifter, but you’ll need to opt for the “Comfort” package for this functionality.

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Moving up to the upper trim lines will yield you a few extra goodies not found in the base model. First off, the style will give the option to select four trim accent colors along with the comfort seats, driver alert system, and door skins in chrome. You’ll also get reading lights and footwell lighting (should be base equipment in my opinion), and there’s also white ambient lighting with the Style Trim. Move up to the sport, and you’ll get aluminum pedals, red ambient lighting, sport comfort seats, chrome door skins, and a black roof liner. It’s not too bad and does offer up some options for customizing as well. Interior color options for the sport include Caribou Grey while the Style trim gives the option of Black Oak Brown, Ravenna Blue, Energetic Orange Metallic, and Curcuma Yellow Metallic.

Interior Dimensions

Seat height front/rear (Inches) 22.51/24.37
Cargo space seats up 15.71 cu ft
Cargo space seats down 45.55 cu ft


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As if there wasn’t enough going on outside and inside the new T-Roc, there’s also a lot going on under the metal, with plenty of drivetrain configurations to choose from. If you’re into petrol-drinking motivators, you’ll find yourself deciding between a 1.0-liter, 1.5-liter, or a 2.0-liter. The baby engine is good for just 113 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. This is the base offering, however, so the lack of power shouldn’t be all that surprising or the fact that you’re limited to front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

Moving up to a model with the 1.5-liter gasoline mill will net you 147 ponies and 184 pound-feet of twist. It’s not much more, but you do get more configuration options with this engine. In its most basic configuration, you get FWD and a six-speed manual transmission. However, you can also opt for a seven speed DSG gearbox that can be configured as FWD or with VW’s 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive system. Finally, 2.0-liter comes with a fair 187 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. This engine can only be paired with that seven-speed DSG tranny and comes with AWD as standard.

Now, those gasoline options aren’t too bad, but if you need more torque (not that you’ll be pulling anything too big with a compact crossover, anyway), you’ll need to step up to the TDI lineup that includes a 1.6-liter unit and 2.0-liter unit in two different flavors and five different configurations. The 1.6-liter is the basic diesel offering and is comparable to the 1.0-liter gasoline engine. It offers the same 113 horsepower, but delivers a bit more torque at 184 pound-feet – not surprising for a diesel engine, right? That particular engine is limited to the six-speed manual and FWD, so if you want the DSG or AWD, you need to step up to the 2.0-liter. That TDI can be equipped with either the six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG, with both configurations available in FWD or AWD. In this form, it delivers 147 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque – 14 pound-feet more than the range-topping gasoline engine. But, there’s more, as the 2.0-liter is also offered with a bit more power at 187 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. That is the range-topping configuration, however, and can only be had with AWD and a seven-speed DSG.

As far as towing capacity and actual performance specs go, VW has yet to enlighten us, but that’s not generally something that matters much in a compact crossover like this anyway – even if it does look like a sportscar on the inside. As far as 0 to 60 mph goes, expect to see maybe an eight-second sprint at best while towing capacity is likely limited to 1,000 pounds at most, with the range-topping diesel potentially offering as much as 1,500 pounds. Of course, that’s speculation, so take that with a grain of salt until we get official specs when the T-Roc launches.

Petrol engines:

1.0 TSI 113 HP 147 LB-FT 6-speed gearbox front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI 147 HP 184 LB-FT 6-speed gearbox front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI 147 HP 184 LB-FT 7-speed DSG front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI 147 HP 184 LB-FT 7-speed DSG 4MOTION
2.0 TSI 187 HP 236 LB-FT 7-speed DSG 4MOTION

Diesel engines:

1.6 TDI 113 HP 184 LB-FT 6-speed gearbox front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI 147 HP 250 LB-FT 6-speed gearbox front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI 147 HP 250 LB-FT 6-speed gearbox 4MOTION
2.0 TDI 147 HP 250 LB-FT 7-speed DSG front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI 147 HP 250 LB-FT 7-speed DSG 4MOTION
2.0 TDI 187 HP 295 LB-FT 7-speed DSG 200 4MOTION

Driver Assistance Systems

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Some automakers will make you pay extra for any kind of assistance system, but – fortunately – that isn’t the case with the T-Roc. See, Volkswagen has decided to include some assistance systems as standard equipment. These include City Emergency Braking, Front Assist Monitor with Pedestrian Monitoring, Lane Keep Assist, and Automatic Post-Collision Braking (should an accident actually occur.) With that in mind, there’s also a fairly large list of extra add-ons that you can choose from as well. As far as pricing goes, we’re still unsure, but chances are these systems will be offered up in several different packages. They include the following:

Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (active from 30 to 210 km/h with manual gearbox, 0 to 210 km/h with DSG)
Dynamic Road Sign Display
Rear View camera system
Lane change system with Rear Traffic Alert
Blind Spot Monitor lane change system
Lane Assist lane keeping system
Park Assist park-steering assistant with the manoeuvre braking function
Traffic Jam Assist
Emergency Assist
Proactive occupant protection system
Driver Alert System
Light Assist main-beam control system


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The T-Roc will be VW’s smallest SUV offering and will slot in the lineup below the Tiguan. Based on the current market, where models like the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Nissan Juke, And Chevy Trax all start out between $19,000 and $21,000, it’s possible that the T-Roc will carry a similar starting price as well. But, VW’s Tiguan currently starts out at $24,995, and this brand is notorious for thinking that it’s more premium than it really is, so a starting price of $22,000 to $23,000 isn’t exactly out of the question either. We’ll have to wait until market launch to know for sure, but until then, I’d say that is a fair estimate.


Mazda CX-3

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If there were two words that could describe Mazda’s smallest hatchback, it would be swoopy and angular, with a big dose of KODO thrown in for good measure. It’s little but sporty, smooth but aggressive – basically, it’s a strong proposition in this segment. The interior is dominated by a less-is-more philosophy with a simple dash and very few buttons. The floating infotainment display looks like it came straight out of Germany while the instrument cluster takes on a three-pod look with a center tachometer.

The CX-3 is available in three trim levels, but unlike other models in Mazda’s lineup, the Touring and Grand Touring models feature the same engine as the entry-level Sport trim. The Mazda’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder is the unit in question, and it delivers 146 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 146 pound-feet at 2,800 rpm. Front-wheel drive is standard equipment while Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD system is available as an option. A six-speed automatic handles shifting duties. As of the time of this writing, the CX-3 starts out at $19,960 in Sport trim, $21,960 in Touring form, and $24,990 in Grand Touring form.

Learn more about the Mazda CX-3.

Nissan Juke

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The Nissan Juke is a funky little SUV that resides at the very bottom of Nissan’s SUV lineup. Be that as it may, one could argue that it’s also the one with the most heart. It’s been the subject of countless conceptual designs over the last six years and has proven itself as versatile, with the range-topping trims wearing a Nismo badge. It’s sporty on the outside with what has to be the steepest roof slant on any model available while the interior has a bit of a retro feel to it – it’s a nice combination, really. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1.6-liter four-cylinder in all trim levels, with the S, SV, SL, and Nismo trims all come with 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque on tap. Step up to the range-topping Nismo, and you’ll get a little bit more with 215 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. Pricing starts out at $20,250 for the S trim, $22,550 for the SV, $25,240 for the SL, $24,830 for the Nismo, and $28,020 for the Nismo RS.

Read more about the Nissan Juke.


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In conclusion, I have to say I’m pretty pleased with what Volkswagen has done with the T-Roc, and that’s saying a lot as critical as I’ve been of this brand in the past. When the T-Roc Concept debuted, I said “great; another concept that will be slaughtered by the time it gets to the production line.” But, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have that cool removable roof, but it can be optioned with a huge panoramic glass roof that consists of two panels that open – a fair tradeoff to say the least.

The exterior design is provocative and engaging while the interior is nothing short of a work of art. To be honest, that interior - -at least in the upper trim levels, anyway – reminds me of something you would find in the Mercedes-AMG A43 or the BMW M3 competition. It’s certainly a step above its pay grade, even without soft touch surfaces and Alcantara. Now, Volkswagen needs to bite the bullet, come up with an “R” version that delivers 420 horsepower, and has all of that extra Alcantara and Leather – now that would be something to see. If Mercedes and BMW can sell a $30,000 for $60,000 by adding more power and extra goodies, so could Volkswagen. Wait… did I really just say that about a Volkswagen? Yes, I did. That’s pretty amazing.

But, what do all of our loyal readers thing about the new T-Roc? Go ahead and tear up the comments section below and I promise I’ll try to reply.

  • Leave it
    • Doesn’t look to have that removable roof
    • Knowing VW, it may be overpriced
    • Interior could be a bust


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Read our full review on the 2014 Volkswagen T-Roc Concept.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg.

Update History

Live Unveiling

Pre-Debut Teaser

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The Volkswagen T-Roc is set to make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show

The Volkswagen T-Roc, a production model that’s based on the 2014 T-Roc Concept, is set to make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. So far we’ve seen some pretty amazing spy shots of VW’s new mini people hualer, all of which showed a car that lacked any Camo, so we already know what to expect. Be that as it may, VW decided to release a “teaser.” If you’re wondering why I put an emphasis on the word “teaser,” it’s because it’s not much of a teaser at all. I mean just look at it – it’s a sketch that vaguely resembles the car we’ve seen testing in all its glory just a few months ago.

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With that said, however, the teaser isn’t without its merits as it could lead some hints toward the final production design, and that means we could see something different than what we’ve already seen thus far. Notice how the grille is as dominant as it was in the most recent spy shots? Or, how about those vents in the corner that now feature a full trim insert all of the way around? The mirrors are sleeker by far, while it looks like the production version may be one of the first cars in this niche to sport automatic door poppers since there are no door handles to speak of. The other really noticeable thing is the way the windshield wraps around to the top of the roof, exposing the possibility that this little SUV could have a massive glass roof, a perfect feature for those who ride at night.

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As you can see, the headlights have a pair of angular LED strips while the windows are frameless for the most part. Whether or not this type of design is feasible outside of a sketch remains to be seen, but it could lead to a pretty sleek looking SUV. Oh, and in case you don’t know how this works, don’t expect to see those massive wheels and extra-wide tires on the production model – that’s just something to grab your attention for now. If you want 28s on your whip, you’ll have to hit up your local rim dealer and pony up for them ;)

So, what do you guys think of the teaser or the spy shots you can see below? Let us know in the comments section and check back soon for more updates and we approach the T-Roc’s official debut.

Like a Crystal Ball, we can See the Future

So, most teasers give us very little to go by, and I have to say that the previous teaser was a complete let down considering we had already seen the T-Roc testing in public while being butt naked. But, it has been a week, and this time around we get two more sketches (seen above) and a video that gives us a real look at what to expect. First off, let’s talk about what we can see from the outside. The biggest thing that caught my eye right away is the massive chrome trim that runs along the top of the side glass and extends further back to garnish the side of the hatch glass in the rear. It’s a nice touch, but from the right angle it kind of looks like a thin, chrome hockey stick, so there’s that.

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We also get a nice view of a majority of the rear end, including our first look at the official taillights, which include a unique matrix layout that for some reason reminds me of the Forza Motorsports logo. It is, of course, different, but it’s got a similar layout. The taillights feature rounded corners with sharp lines elsewhere and a jagged bottom edge that shoots upward a bit just past the seam for the rear hatch. Outside of this, the rear end is very well defined with deliberate lines everywhere that make the model shown in this video much more attractive than the mule we saw testing earlier this year. Eventually, the video pans to a shot of the wheel and the rearmost portion of the side skirts. The wheels are quite attractive and feature a five, dual-spoke design. The side skirts feature protective body cladding, but VW put in the effort to keep things glassing with some nice chrome garnishing and a sharp line that outlines the wheel wells and side skirts – Nice!

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Finally, the camera pans to the front end. We don’t get to see the whole thing, but boy are things different between this model and the mule we saw a while back. Where the mule had a grille that was outlined in chrome that also matched the trim in the corners around those fake vents, this (assumingly) production model has changed quite a bit. The headlights are much more rectangular and don’t feature that bubbled look – much like the sleek headlights of the T-Roc concept. The lights inside look to be dual LED units, so that’s a plus, but more importantly is the change of pace from LEDs being mounted inside the lights. Instead, the lights are bare aside from a thin chrome strip at top that carries over from the top of the grille. The lower chrome garnishing travels from the grille and continues below the headlight all the way to the corner – a much cleaner look compared to the mule we saw before and similar to the design of the original concept. Down below, tacky chrome garnishing has been removed from the fake vents, which have now be outlined with a bright LED strip that not only highlights the unique shape here but also provides excellent visibility to oncoming traffic. For once, I might not have to be so critical of VW’s exterior design language, but I’m still not holding my breath.

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Now, before we sign off from this update, I want to point out that we get a quick glimpse of the interior too, and this is the first time we’ve seen any interior shot of the T-roc since the concept debuted. Of course, we don’t get to see much, but we can see that at least some of the concept’s design carried over. First, check out the colored inserts at the top of the door panel. These don’t travel all of the way around the door handles but have been reduced a bit and look quite stylish. The same thing goes for the dash. The insert isn’t nearly as tall, residing only on the frontal face of the dash, but it does surround the HVAC vents in the corners. The lines are very thought out and deliberate, and the interior has a very angular look to it. The basic shape of the dash seems to have carried over from the concept as well. Toward the end of the video, we get a quick glance through the driver’s window that gives us a better view of the upper door trim panel, which does feature a thin chrome strip. The other noticeable thing here is that the infotainment display is integrated flush with the center stack instead of sitting upright like the tablet-looking display in the concept. All told, the T-Roc should be wildly different from the rest of VW’s products and should be quite surprising when it finally makes its debut. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Update 8/16/2017: Volkswagen has released more teasers prior to its debut! There’s a sketch of the T-Roc’s rear end and another sketch of the side profile to go with a new video that gives us our first official glimpse at the interior and exterior. Check out the teaser section below for the details.

Update 08/10/2017: Volkswagen has released its first teaser up the upcoming T-Roc in the form of a sketch. Check it out for yourself in the special teaser section below.

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Press release

Dominance of an SUV and agility of a compact. Volkswagen is extending its model range with a newly-developed compact-class crossover: the T-Roc. Extensive personalisation options (customer-selected decors and bi-colour design); highly advanced vehicle assistance systems (Front Assist and Lane Assist as standard, optional Traffic Jam Assist); innovative digital features (new generation of Active Info Display); ideally connected (via Volkswagen Car-Net); efficient engines (direction-injection turbocharged engines* with up to 140 kW / 190 PS*); agile and designed for comfort (ride comfort on same level as a Golf, optional DCC adaptive chassis control) and a pioneering, avant-garde design. With this configuration, the new crossover from Volkswagen brings fresh impetus to the compact SUV class. Concise exterior dimensions, a high level of interior functionality (five-seater, 445 litres of luggage capacity). A versatile vehicle – available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive (with all-wheel drive as standard including the 4MOTION Active Control driver experience switch) – which combines the dominance of an SUV with the agility of a sporty compact. A car which is as much at home in the city as it is on long journeys.

Volkswagen’s SUV offensive. "The T-Roc sets a new benchmark in the booming SUV segment," says Dr Herbert Diess. The Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management continues: "With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities and will give our SUV offensive added momentum." Volkswagen is launching the T-Roc in the 20,000 euro class (German market) and extending the range of its all-round vehicles to include the segment of compact SUVs. Its market launch begins in November in Europe, and pre-sales open as early as September.

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Four letters, one statement. The T-Roc name is easily recognisable worldwide. Dr Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Development: "The ’T’ refers to the car’s successful frontrunners, the Tiguan and Touareg, whose SUV DNA and strengths have been transferred to the new model – the high seating position, the robust qualities of the body and running gear and the all-wheel drive system that is included as standard for the top engines. The ’Roc’ in the name has been derived from the English ’Rock’, which stands for the positioning of the
T-Roc as a crossover that combines the dominance of an SUV with the agility of a compact hatchback model and the dynamism of the compact class. This car really rocks the segment – sometimes louder and sometimes more subdued, according to its specific options and colour combination. A new Volkswagen which takes the brand and its owners into the next decade of mobility."

Compact SUVs are the next big thing. The T-Roc will launch on nearly all of the world’s key markets. For European markets, the new SUV will be produced at the Setúbal plant in Portugal (near Lisbon). Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand responsible for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, comments on the sales markets for the T-Roc: "Nearly 80 per cent of compact SUVs are currently being sold in Europe and China. This type of SUV is also gaining in importance in Brazil, India, Russia and the USA. We assume that over the next ten years the annual global sales volume of these compact SUVs will grow from around 6.4 million units today to around 10.6 million units."

These SUVs are so successful, because they offer wide-ranging functionality and a higher seating position with compact exterior dimensions while having a very dynamic look. Volkswagen has achieved this synthesis in the T-Roc with great success. It meets the needs of car drivers who are often on the road in urban areas ideally. For instance, the T-Roc targets the single person who enjoys many activities, as well as families who value its flexibility and couples whose children are already on their own. These target groups all want an SUV that is compatible with the urban world, that is fun to drive over every kilometre and whose design makes a confident style statement. The T-Roc meets these needs with its excellent comfort, high seating position, innovative safety systems, flexible interior, high reliability and unique design DNA. The new T-Roc as a compact SUV makes himself a contemporary companion in the urban world, which can also handle a family weekend excursion with ease.

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Avant-garde T-Roc exterior design

New Volkswagen SUV DNA. The design of the T-Roc follows a new expressive Volkswagen SUV DNA, which is similar to that of the Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace (version with longer wheelbase) and the Atlas/Teramont. It brings authentic off-road elements into harmony with dynamism and urban style. The T-Prime Concept GTE presented in 2016 already offers a foretaste of another new SUV with this design DNA. Essentially, the design of each new Volkswagen SUV will be interpreted individually based on this DNA. All SUV models are characterised by a unique design that is unmistakably specific to their product and market segment. The T-Roc illustrates this very well. It excites with a progressive design that right away etches itself into the mind as ’the T-Roc’. At the same time, however, it clearly remains a Volkswagen. Volkswagen Head of Design, Klaus Bischoff: "Volkswagen has created another authentic SUV with the new T-Roc. This car shows its underlying dominance. At the same time, however, in launching this crossover we are also bringing a very expressive and even ‘sassy’ design to the streets. This emotional component makes it likeable. The T-Roc is therefore equally well suited for the urban world as it is for great adventures."

Sporty style. Visually and technically, the crossover also injects a powerful portion of dynamism into the compact segment. Klaus Bischoff again: "For me, the T-Roc is an SUV milestone. It enriches the segment with an entirely unique and sporty style."

Dynamic proportions. The T-Roc is positioned in the segment beneath the Tiguan. Like that car, and the Atlas/Teramont, the T-Roc is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). This means that all three models share the same basic structural platform, but they each have a completely independent body and interior layout. Thanks to the MQB, the development team was able to implement very dynamic proportions. This is especially true of the new T-Roc. The crossover model is 4,234 mm long (252 mm shorter than the Tiguan), and it has a 2,603 mm wheelbase. The SUV’s width is 1,819 mm (without exterior mirrors), and its height is 1,573 mm. The width, which is relatively large in relation to the rather low roof structure, underscores the vehicle’s dynamic proportions. At the same time, the body’s somewhat lower centre of gravity compared to other SUVs optimizes handling properties. Its styling is also defined by its short overhangs (831 mm front, 800 mm rear) and large track widths of 1,546 mm (front) and 1,541 mm (rear).

Front-end design. Charismatic design elements create T-Roc styling that is both confident and expressive. In front, these elements are the wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual headlights. The top versions of the headlights use LED technology, while the headlight housings have an extremely low-profile design. This was enabled by separate housings for the turn signal, the daytime running lights and the cornering lights in the bumper. The repositioned light signature makes the T-Roc unmistakable at night as well. A narrow chrome strip separates the radiator grille and headlights from the bonnet that is large in SUV style. Moving downward, the combination of radiator grille and headlights is framed by a wider chrome accent; this lateral element spans the entire front end. The chrome accent, radiator grille and headlights together underscore the width and dominance of the T-Roc. The bumper cross panel is also distinctive; it is painted in body colour and, as mentioned, integrates the LED daytime running lights and turn signals. There are two versions of these light modules. The base version contains horizontal LED daytime running light units, and above them the turn signal units. In the top version, the daytime running lights and turn signal lights are formed by a single round LED element. The white daytime running lights switch to an orange colour for the turn signals. On the sides, fog lights with cornering lights shift downward into the black plastic surfaces of the bumper.

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Design of the side profile. The lines of the long, extended side profile are especially influenced by a distinctive chrome element. It is a standard feature that upgrades every version of the T-Roc, extending from the
A-pillars over the entire side roof line and into the C-pillars. The latter are swept back, as on a coupé, and have the visual look of a Targa bar in a longitudinal direction. Together with the chrome trim strips, they lend the side profile a completely distinct dynamic character, whose form is reminiscent of that of a coupé. This effect is reinforced when the T-Roc is ordered in a bi-colour design. That is because the new model is the first Volkswagen SUV that can be ordered in a bi-coloured finish with a visually contrasting roof section (including A-pillars and exterior mirror housings). Essentially, the chrome strip, the additional light edges on the roof, the roofline that descends coupé-like towards the rear, the distinctive C-pillars and bi-colour paint make the T-Roc appear lower than it actually is. Connecting to the area beneath the window surfaces is the character line. This light edge is designed as a sharp undercut. To the left and right it meets the muscular wheel arches. A strong shoulder section has been created in the radius of the rear wheel arch. Rugged dark plastic wrap-around off-road trim pieces protect the body in the area of the wheel arches, the side sills and the front and rear body.

Rear body design. The consistent, horizontal layout of the rear body is structured over three levels. Viewed from top to bottom, there is the roof transition including the rear window; then there is the middle surface with LED tail lights in 3D design, the VW badge and central T-Roc signature in chrome; finally, there is the bumper area. This three-level structure gives the SUV a lower, wider and more sporty look. At the top on the left and right, the boot lid is framed by the C-pillars. Towards the rear, the C-pillars are completely under the glass of the tinted rear windscreen, which creates a strong impression of width. The styling of the rear bumper is just as distinctive as that of its counterpart at the front. Upward and to the sides it frames the rear lid. On the sides of the bumper there are plastic elements (in honeycomb design) and reflectors on the painted surface. On the lower-most level are the exhaust pipe trims towards the sides (in chrome look in the ‘Style’ and ‘Sport’) and a diffuser in the middle.

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Spacious interior with extensive digitalisation

Package and ergonomics set standards. The form and function of the T-Roc interior has been redefined for the era of digitalisation. A conceptual highlight here is the integration of increasingly digitalised display elements and controls. For instance, the T-Roc can be ordered with a new generation of the Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) as an option. Also implemented as state-of-the-art technology are the infotainment systems, with displays up to 8.0 inches in size. With regard to the ergonomics of controls and their visibility, the goal was set to design all
on-board elements to be as clear and intuitive as possible. At the same time, the charismatic and independent interior design – with its SUV image that is both confident and rugged – forges a link to the exterior design and its contemporary treatment of surfaces. In addition, the T-Roc development and design team utilised the wheelbase, which is conspicuously long in relation to the car’s overall length, to create a lot of space for five occupants. The driver and passengers have a high seating position. In front, the seat height above the pavement is at least 572 mm, and at the rear seats it is 618 mm. When all five seats are occupied, cargo space measured up to the top edges of the rear seat backrests is 445 litres – one of the best figures in the segment. The rear seat backrests can be folded with a 60/40 split; this yields a cargo capacity of 1,290 litres. Hardly any other SUV in this class offers such a spacious package.

New panel architecture for the digital era. The T-Roc’s instrument panel features a crystal-clear horizontal structure. The instruments form a viewing axis together with the infotainment system, which is relatively high and is therefore optimally ergonomic. The infotainment system was purposely positioned at the highest point on the dashboard, and in the version with an 8.0-inch display it has a large, glass-encased surface. This gives it a sophisticated look like that of a tablet screen. The instruments and the infotainment system are integrated in a decorative surface that runs from left to right through the dashboard. Depending on specific equipment, this accent might be dark or painted in a contrasting colour which in turn matches the trim of the seats. The colour accents are also found in the door trim, depending on specific equipment (for more detailed information on this see the chapter "Y logical structure for personalisation"). Rugged, cleanly-designed door pullers and armrests as well as large storage areas complete the door inserts for a life in motion. According to the installed features, white or red ambient lighting may also be on-board.

Clean and sporty structure of the centre console. The surround of the centre console shares the same colour as the accents found on the dashboard. Integrated here over three horizontal levels are important vehicle functions (start/stop system, ESC, hazard warning lights, park assist functions) as well as the climate control functions and seat heating. Directly beneath the climate control panel is the storage box for smartphones with two easily accessible USB ports and optional inductive wireless charging and external aerial interface. Located on the centre console behind the gear knob in the all-wheel drive version is the intuitively operated multifunction switch of 4MOTION Active Control.

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Active Info Display and infotainment in detail. Volkswagen interface designers have systematically further developed the Active Info Display (11.7 inch display diagonal) and its high-quality graphics (133 dpi) and elevated the range of functions to a new level. The interplay between the Active Info Display and the specific infotainment system creates a new, digital and interactive cockpit. Standard equipment across all T-Roc versions includes the Composition Colour infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen. The next level up is the glass-encased 8.0-inch Composition Media system with CD player. The top system with an 8.0-inch display, Discover Media, also glass-encased, comes with a navigation module.

Fully connected. The Active Info Display and the infotainment system have been systematically customised for a maximum range of online services and apps via smartphone and Volkswagen Car-Net. The phone and media library have also been integrated optimally. Both of these functions can be displayed and controlled via the Active Info Display as well as via the infotainment system. The 8.0-inch infotainment systems can be extended with App Connect (integrated MirrorLinkÒ, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ from Google). In addition, Volkswagen also offers the "Security & Service" service package in the new T-Roc which provides support in a wide variety of situations. Highlights include Emergency Service, Automatic Accident Notification and Roadside Assistance. In conjunction with Discover Media, various online services can also be used via "Guide & Inform". They include Online POI search, Online destination import, Filling station (location and price), News, Car park (location, availability and price), Weather and Online traffic information.

Inductive charging, sound from Beats. With the optional ‘Comfort’ mobile phone interface, compatible smartphones can be charged inductively and be coupled to the external aerial. All this requires is placing the smartphone in a storage compartment (with mobile phone interface) in front of the gear lever. The USA-based audio specialist Beats, which was acquired by Apple in 2014, also offers a 300-watt, 8-channel sound system specifically tuned to the interior of the T-Roc.
‘Y’ logical structure

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‘Y’ logical structure for personalisation

Three equipment lines. Volkswagen will be offering equipment options for the T-Roc based on what is known as a ’Y’ logical structure. Here the SUV is following the example of the new Arteon. The ’Y’ structure is formed by two higher trim lines that have equivalent features levels which are based on the T-Roc: the ‘Style’ and Sport’. Based on this matrix, the new T-Roc can be very significantly personalised. Even the ‘T-Roc’ base version comes with
high-tech systems such as Front Assist area monitoring with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the lane keeping system Lane Assist. Another standard feature is the characteristic chrome strip in the area of the A-pillars, the roof section and the C-pillars. Other details which are always on-board include the air conditioning system, Composition Colour infotainment system, LED tail light cluster, visual underbody guard (black) and LED daytime running lights in the bumper. The base version is equipped with 16-inch wheels (‘Yorkville’). Available as an option in all versions: LED headlights and ring-shaped LED daytime running lights with a turn signal function and fog lamps (fog lamps included as standard for the ‘Sport’).

‘Style’ and ‘Sport’. Further personalisation begins by selecting one of the two higher positioned equipment lines ’Style’ or ’Sport’. They build on the base version and are on the same level in terms of equipment. However, their configurations differ significantly from one another. Their names already refer to the focal points of their respective basic configurations. The T-Roc Style is marked by exclusive accents such as the interior trim panels that can be ordered in one of four colours. Meanwhile, the emphasis of the T-Roc Sport is on sporty features such as the standard sport comfort seats. Both versions are also offered with different bi-colour paints (standard in ‘Style’, optional in ‘Sport’). In addition, the ‘Style’ and ‘Sport’ can be extended with an R-Line package; its features include numerous body elements such as special R-Line bumpers and side sills. An overview of the key differentiating characteristics of the two exclusive and equivalently featured trim lines ‘Style’ and ‘Sport’ compared with one another and with the base version ‘T-Roc’ (sample features):

T-Roc Style:

Ambient lighting (white)
Connectivity package
Roof in contrasting colour (four colour variants) including A-pillars and exterior mirror housings
Trim strips on instrument panel and door trim panels available in one of four colours
Chrome exhaust system trim panels
Comfort seats
17-inch ‘Mayfield’ alloy wheels (four colour variants)
Reading lights, front and rear, and footwell lighting
Driver Alert System
Visual front underbody guard in silver
Visual rear underbody guard in silver
Door skins in chrome

T-Roc Sport:

Smoked rear lights
Smoked rear windows
Aluminium pedals
Ambient lighting (red)
Brake calipers, red, recessed
Chrome exhaust system trim panels
17-inch ‘Kulmbach’ alloy wheels (two colour variants)
Fog lights
Visual front underbody guard in silver
Visual rear underbody guard in silver
Black rooflining
Sport comfort seats
Door skins in chrome

T-Roc body is true to its colours. On the T-Roc Style, the entire roof, including the A-pillars and exterior mirrors, may optionally be painted in one of three contrasting colours. The additional colours of these two-tone paints are ’Deep Black’, ’Pure White Uni’ and ’Black Oak Brown Metallic’. The T-Roc Sport is offered in the additional colour ‘Deep Black’ as an option. In addition, ten different conventional paints are available for all versions of the SUV. Besides the colours ‘Deep Black’, ‘Pure White Uni’ and ‘Black Oak Brown Metallic’, there are also the colours ’White Silver Metallic’, ’Curcuma Yellow Metallic’, ’Energetic Orange Metallic’, ’Indium Grey Metallic’, ’Urano Grey Uni’, ’Atlantic Blue Metallic’ and ’Ravenna Blue’.

Different interior colours. The interior is colourful as well. The base version of the T-Roc is finished with a dashpad in the decorative colour ’Deep Black matt’. The T-Roc Sport is available in ’Caribou Grey’. Volkswagen offers a choice of four different colours for the T-Roc Style: ’Black Oak Brown’, ’Ravenna Blue’, ’Energetic Orange Metallic’ and ’Curcuma Yellow Metallic’. In the T-Roc Style and T-Roc Sport, the door accents and trim around the centre console are also finished in the selected dashpad colour as standard.
Six efficient turbo engines

Six efficient turbo engines*, front- and all-wheel drives

Six engines, three power levels. Like the larger Tiguan, the new T-Roc is offered with efficient turbocharged engines: three petrol engines (TSI*) and three diesels (TDI*). These come in three power levels: 85 kW / 115 PS*, 110 kW / 150 PS* and 140 kW / 190 PS*. The 115-PS versions are offered with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. In conjunction with the
150-PS engines, buyers can choose front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (4MOTION) as well as an automatically shifting dual clutch gearbox (7-speed DSG). The 150 PS* petrol engine is equipped with Active Cylinder Management (automatic deactivation of two cylinders). The two 190-PS engines* are equipped with 7-speed DSG and 4MOTION as standard. An overview of all powertrain versions:

Petrol engines:

1.0 TSI*, 85 kW / 115 PS, 200 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive

1.5 TSI*, 110 kW / 150 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive

1.5 TSI*, 110 kW / 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive

1.5 TSI*, 110 kW / 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION

2.0 TSI*, 140 kW / 190 PS, 320 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION

Diesel engines:

1.6 TDI*, 85 kW / 115 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive

2.0 TDI*, 110 kW / 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive

2.0 TDI*, 110 kW / 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, 4MOTION

2.0 TDI*, 110 kW / 150 PS, 340 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive

2.0 TDI*, 110 kW / 150 PS, 340 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION

2.0 TDI*, 140 kW / 190 PS, 400 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION

4MOTION all-wheel drive. The 4MOTION versions of the T-Roc are equipped with a permanent all-wheel drive system. Drive torque is distributed between the front and rear wheels via an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch according to various factors, including the engine’s torque output. This distribution is need-based – the focus here is on always maintaining optimal traction, and thereby safety, while attaining the best possible fuel economy. Under low engine drive torque conditions, or when coasting, forward propulsion comes primarily from the front axle, while the rear axle is partially decoupled. This basic drive configuration saves fuel. If necessary, the rear axle can be variably engaged within fractions of a second.

4MOTION Active Control and driving profile selection. All all-wheel drive versions of the T-Roc also have 4MOTION Active Control with driving profile selection as standard. The system is operated via 4MOTION Active Control on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various pop-up menus. When the rotary switch is turned to the left, one of the two on-road profiles can be activated: ‘Street’ and ‘Snow’. When the switch is turned to the right, the two off-road modes are available: ‘Offroad’ (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or ‘Offroad Individual’ (variable settings). 4MOTION Active Control adapts all relevant assistance systems to the driving situation in seconds. Driving profile selection is also included as standard in the 4MOTION models. It allows the driver to individually control - depending on the installed standard and optional equipment - parameters for DSG, automatic air conditioning, electromechanical power steering, adaptive chassis control (DCC) and adaptive cruise control (ACC). The five profiles Comfort, Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual are also available. For models with front-wheel drive, driving profile selection can also be ordered as an option.

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Convenience and assistance systems

Progressive range of convenience and assistance systems

Adaptive chassis control and progressive steering. The T-Roc can be further adapted to the driver’s personal preferences via a range of convenience systems that is exceptionally large for this vehicle class. They include features such as adaptive chassis control (DCC). The system’s electrically adjustable dampers make it possible to make the T-Roc running gear tuning very sporty, or more pliant, as an alternative to the normal tuning. The car’s dynamic character and comfort are also optimised by progressive steering, which was originally introduced in the Golf GTI (enables better control in a sporty mode of driving and offers added ease of steering during manoeuvring). Other convenience systems include electric actuation of the boot lid, the keyless locking and starting system Keyless Access, auxiliary heating and ventilation, a two-zone Climatronic system and steering wheel heating. The optional panoramic sunroof brings ample light into the T-Roc interior. It is 870 mm wide and 1,364 mm long, which makes this tilting/sliding sunroof – which consists of two glass parts – the largest in the market segment.

Innovative assistance systems. In its market segment, the T-Roc is in a league of its own when it comes to its assistance systems. Standard features on all T-Roc vehicles include: the 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. All T-Roc Style models are also equipped with the Driver Alert System. Other options that can be configured for the SUV include eleven additional assistance systems. An overview of all T-Roc systems:

Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (active from 30 to 210 km/h with manual gearbox, 0 to 210 km/h with DSG)
Dynamic Road Sign Display
Rear View camera system
Lane change system with Rear Traffic Alert
Blind Spot Monitor lane change system
Lane Assist lane keeping system
Park Assist park-steering assistant with the manoeuvre braking function
Traffic Jam Assist
Emergency Assist
Proactive occupant protection system
Driver Alert System
Light Assist main-beam control system

Personalisation is standard. It is very easy to adapt the convenience, assistance and infotainment systems in the T-Roc to the individual driver. This is done via the personalisation function that is included as standard. From the multifunction display, the driver can save individual settings for more than 100 parameters, according to the features that are installed. They are activated as soon as the driver opens the T-Roc with his or her personal key.

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