The 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc has been officially revealed overnight, joining the larger Tiguan, Touareg and Atlas/Terramont in the company’s global SUV line-up.
Serving as the crossover companion to the Polo hatch like the Tiguan is to the Golf, the T-Roc is Volkswagen’s first foray into the compact SUV segment, which is dominated by the likes of the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
Exterior dimensions haven’t been detailed as yet, though the T-Roc will be very practical for the class – Volkswagen claims a luggage area of 445 litres with the rear seats in place, expanding to a massive 1290 litres with the second row folded, which compares favourably to the HR-V’s 437L/1462L capacities.
In terms of the exterior design, the T-Roc is pretty much what we expected after seeing an uncamouflaged prototype earlier this year. The front sports a low and wide aesthetic with headlights that extend from the front grille, while a LED daytime-running light ring surrounds where the fog-lights would usually be.
Extending into the tailgate is a sloping ‘coupe-like’ roofline – with the roof itself available in contrasting colours, a first for Volkswagen’s SUV range – while a sharp character line runs through the side doors – connecting the flared wheel arches. The tailgate itself sports a clear design, with a large badge placed in the centre, above ‘T-Roc’ badging similar in style to that used on the new Arteon.
LED tail-lights wrap around to the rear third-quarter panels, accentuating the T-Roc’s wide stance. Contrasting black plastic bumpers and wheel arch cladding give the T-Roc a more capable look, as do the front and rear faux skidplate treatments.
Filling those arches are very large alloy wheels, similar in design to the rims used on the Tiguan R-Line – which measure 20-inches in diameter on the T-Roc’s bigger brother.
Inside, the new crossover borrows much in terms of design and execution from the new-generation Polo hatch, along with the larger Tiguan.
There’s the option of Volkswagen’s 12.3-inch Active Info digital driver’s display, a large central infotainment system (likely up to 8.0-inches), bright interior trims that match the exterior paint, along with contrasting seat trims.
Volkswagen will offer an array of driver assistance and active safety systems on its entry-level SUV as well, with city-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection standard on the base car, along with post-collision braking and lane keep assist.
Optionally available systems in Europe include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, park assist, and traffic jam assist.
The model range in Europe will consist of three trim levels, three turbocharged petrol engines and three turbo-diesel powerplants. In terms of variants, the range consists of base ‘T-Roc’, along with ‘Sport and ‘Style’ specifications – the latter two are on par with each other.
Front- and 4Motion all-wheel drive will be offered, as will manual and DSG transmissions. However, Volkswagen is yet to fully detail the engine and transmission range.
The T-Roc is set to launch in the European market in November, with further details to be revealed at next month’s Frankfurt motor show.
High demand for the T-Roc in left-hand drive markets means that right-hook markets like Australia will have to wait a little longer for Volkswagen’s first compact crossover.
In May, Volkswagen Australia’s communications manager, Paul Pottinger, said it’s unlikely the T-Roc will arrive Down Under until 2019. However, the company’s local communications boss didn’t rule out a 2018 debut.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates in the coming months.
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