Positioned below the Tiguan SUV, the T-Roc strikes a balance with hatchback-like proportions albeit with more ability to stow. It also gets large array of driver assistance systems, latest infotainment generation with full connectivity and trendy bi-colour concept.
The compact T-Roc "embodies all good Volkswagen qualities and will give our SUV offensive added momentum", Herbert Diess, head of the VW nameplate, said yesterday in a statement at the model's presentation at Lake Como, Italy.
Instead, VW of America is considering another compact crossover in the company's worldwide inventory to slot in below the newly introduced second generation Tiguan.
VW says all cars will come with Front Assist with automatic emergency braking, as well as post-collision braking and Lane Assist.
In terms of design, the T-Roc looks very different to its larger Tiguan sibling. If all five seats are occupied, luggage space when loaded up to the top edge of the rear seat backrests totals 445 litres.
The T-Roc will get three petrol engines and three diesel engines and will be available in either front-wheel drive with a manual transmission or 4Motion all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG as well as 4Motion Active Control as standard.
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Now that the Piëch era is over, Volkswagen isn't attempting to be a Mercedes competitor anymore, as is clear from a peek at the T-Roc's interior.
There is no information about the T-ROC launch in the Philippines, it is expected that the sales will first commence in the USA markets followed by its introduction in ASEAN markets.
I'd wager the T-Roc would do pretty well here. More "youth" appeal (if that's really a thing) comes from the ability to connect the auto to your phone and the wider wired world through Volkswagen vehicle Net and VW's "Security & Service" package. Based on the MQB platform, the T-Roc is 4,178mm long, 1,819mm wide and 1,573mm high with a wheelbase of 2,603mm. Fold the seats down and this increases to an impressive 1,290 litres - enough to cart garden waste to the tip.
The "Style" has decorative panels available for the cabin in a choice of four colours while the "Sport" will have its emphasis on sporty features such as the standard sport comfort seats.
The T-Roc will go on sale in Europe first with a range of gasoline and diesel engines.
There are also options to the safety equipment such as adaptive cruise control, reversing camera (not as common in Europe as Australia), a lane-change system, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitor, park assist including manoeuvring brake function, traffic-jam assist and emergency assist.