Still not coming to the U.S.

The Touareg and Tiguan have been so successful in their first years on the market that Volkswagen decided to expand its crossover lineup with at least three new models. One of them is the T-Roc, and it’s the company’s smallest SUV until the T-Cross arrives. Built on the ubiquitous MQB platform, the T-Roc slots under the Tiguan and it’s related to the Audi Q2 and Seat Arona. Developed to compete with popular subcompact crossovers like the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Toyota C-HR and many more, the T-Roc is now also available in R-Line spec, Volkswagen’s top trim outside the GTI and R models.

Now available on a wide range of cars, the R-Line package is both sporty and stylish, creating a unique look that you can’t get with the usual options. This is available for the T-Roc too, which gets sportier bumpers front and rear, while a the body-colored elements from the sides and around back make the crossover look less rugged. It’s a bit far-fetched to say that the T-Roc R-Line is more elegant than the standard model, because not many SUVs are, but I must admit that the small SUV looks really well with body-colored side skirts and rear apron. As usual, the engines are shared with the standard model, but Volkswagen added a bespoke suspension setup for a sportier ride. Let’s find out more below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line.

What makes the Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line special

  • New front apron
  • "R-Line" badges
  • Body-colored side skirts
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-colored rear bumper
  • Dark grey interior trim
  • Carbon Flag upholstery
  • LED reading lights
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Sportier suspension
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The R-Line model isn’t all that different from the standard T-Roc, but it has just enough upgrades to stand out from the pack

The R-Line model isn’t all that different from the standard T-Roc, but it has just enough upgrades to stand out from the pack. Up front, we can see the usual R-Line bumper that’s slightly sportier without making the vehicle seem too aggressive. Only two details are different here, one of which is the bumper grille, which has horizontal slats and a central chrome element instead of the usual honeycomb mesh. The T-Roc’s protection plate is also gone, now replaced with a black element that looks like splitter in the center. The "R-Line" badge on the main grille rounds off the front fascia.

More new features can be spotted onto the sides, starting with the black wheelarch extensions and the body-colored side skirts. While the former are offered on other trims too, the body-colored skirts are unique to this model and give the T-Roc R-Line a slightly more elegant look. The crossover is also equipped with 19-inch "Suzuka" alloy wheels wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires, while "R-Line" badges were added on the front fenders. There’s nothing much to talk about around back, where changes include only a body-colored bumper and a matching roof spoiler.

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Inside the cabin, customers will be greeted by dark grey decorative inserts in the dashboard and door panels and Carbon Flag upholstery

Inside the cabin, customers will be greeted by dark grey decorative inserts in the dashboard and door panels and Carbon Flag upholstery. The door sills feature chrome "R-Line" inserts, while the carpet floor mats have "R-Line" badges. Volkswagen also added black roof lining, front footwell illumination, and front LED reading lights. Extra sportiness comes by means of aluminum pedals and a flat-bottom leather steering wheel.

The R-Line package is offered with three distinct drivetrains, but there’s no extra power to talk about. It isn’t surprising though, as engine upgrades are usually kept for the GTI and R trims. Available in five drivetrain configurations, the T-Roc can be selected with the R-Line pack for three of them, starting with the 1.5 TSI model. Powered by a 1.5-liter engine, this model comes with 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Both the six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG can be ordered here.

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The R-Line package is offered with three distinct drivetrains, but there’s no extra power to talk about

If you need more oomph, there’s the 2.0 TSI, with a four-cylinder mill that delivers 187 horses and 236 pound-feet of twist through a seven-speed DSG. If you like the extra torque that comes with diesels, the 2.0 TDI delivers 147 horses and 250 pound-feet through a six-speed manual. Both the 2.0 TSI and 2.0 TDI feature 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Although there are no output upgrades, the T-Roc comes with a sportier suspension setup.

The T-Roc R-Line retails from £26,450 in the U.K. The T-Roc is not yet available in the U.S., so don’t expect this model to cross the pond anytime soon.

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Press release

The two newest members of Volkswagen’s burgeoning SUV line-up – the T-Roc compact SUV and practical Tiguan Allspace seven-seat SUV – are now available to order in sporty and stylish R-Line trim.

The new range-topping trim level – offered across a selection of engine and gearbox combinations in both model ranges – adds distinctive sports styling inside and out along with equipment upgrades and enhancements commensurate with the top spec’ positioning of the R-Line trim.

The confident new T-Roc, Volkswagen’s first entrant in the competitive compact SUV class, is already making a name for itself among buyers keen to experience the brand’s renowned build quality, flexible five-seat practicality and refined driving dynamics in an SUV format.

Now the arrival of the R-Line trim level adds enhanced visual appeal and uprated handling to the T-Roc’s comprehensive list of appealing features.

Additions to T-Roc R-Line models include 19-inch ‘Suzuka’ alloy wheels shod with low rolling resistance tyres; sports suspension; body-coloured roof spoiler and styling pack including R-Line design front and rear bumpers, black wheel arch extensions, body-coloured side skirts and unique R-Line badging.

Inside, the T-Roc gains a black roof lining; dark grey decorative inserts in dash and door panels; front footwell illumination; front LED reading lights; Carbon Flag upholstery; chrome R-Line door sill inserts; aluminium pedals; R-Line carpet mats front and rear and a flat-bottomed R-Line leather multi-function steering wheel.

Four T-Roc R-Line model variants are now available to order in the UK, with first deliveries here likely in June:

T-Roc 1.5 TSI EVO 150 PS 6-speed manual
T-Roc 1.5 TSI EVO 150 PS 7-speed DSG
T-Roc 2.0 TSI 190 PS 4MOTION 7-speed DSG
T-Roc 2.0 TDI 150 PS 4MOTION 6-speed manual

The cars are priced from £26,450 RRP OTR.

The capacious and practical new Tiguan Allspace can now also be ordered in R-Line trim and, like the T-Roc, the new spec’ level adds styling and equipment upgrades that help this appealing seven-seat SUV stand out from the crowd.

Sitting on stunning 20-inch ‘Suzuka’ alloy wheels as standard, the Tiguan Allspace R-Line boasts a sports suspension set-up that can be further optimised via the addition of optional Dynamic Chassis Control which brings with it a choice of Sport, Comfort or Normal suspension settings.

Like the T-Roc, the Tiguan Allspace R-Line also features a body-coloured roof spoiler; Piano Black front air intake and rear diffuser and extensive R-Line styling pack.

Inside, the R-Line models benefit from the addition of aluminium-look decorative inserts in dash and door panels; a black roof lining; leather trimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with aluminium inserts and ‘R-Line’ logo; ‘Race’ cloth upholstery and ‘San Remo’ microfibre inserts; ‘R-Line’ logo on front seat backrests; stainless steel pedals and unique ‘R-Line’ door sill protectors.

Five Tiguan Allspace R-Line derivatives are available to order here, with first deliveries likely in May:

Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6-speed manual
Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 150 PS 7-speed DSG
Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 150 PS 4MOTION 6-speed manual
Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 150 PS 4MOTION 7-speed DSG
Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 190 PS 4MOTION 7-speed DSG

The Tiguan Allspace R-Line costs from £35,755 RRP OTR.

The new models join a Volkswagen SUV line-up that sits firmly on the foundations of the popular Tiguan range. Now in its second generation, Tiguan is a mainstay of the Volkswagen line-up in the UK and sits third in its sales performance here, behind only Golf and Polo.

Later this year the brand will augment its SUV offering still further with the arrival of the flagship new Touareg. Unveiled in China only last month, the luxurious new Touareg brings unprecedented levels of comfort, technology and driving engagement to the class. It will arrive in UK Retailer showrooms this summer.

Meanwhile, towards the end of 2018, Volkswagen will unveil the smallest member of its SUV family – the T-Cross. It is expected that this new model, sitting below T-Roc in the line-up and serving as an entry level offering for Volkswagen SUV buyers, will make its way into Volkswagen UK Retailer showrooms in 2019.

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