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VW T-Roc R: Why Australia misses out on the hot hatch SUV

Here’s another car to add to the list of those that won’t be heading to Australia anytime soon due to our lower-grade fuel. The Volkswagen T-Roc R is effectively a Golf R hot hatch on stilts, but Australians will have to admire it from afar because it’s potent 2...

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Volkswagen T-Roc review: 140TSI quick drive
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Volkswagen T-Roc review: 140TSI quick drive

The T-Roc is part of a two-product punch aimed at making Volkswagen a major player in the compact SUV segment. It'll be here early next year, but we've had a spin already.


2020 Volkswagen T-Roc R unveiled
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2020 Volkswagen T-Roc R unveiled

The Volkswagen T-Roc R has been revealed this week ahead the 2019 Geneva motor show, featuring the company's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine tuned to deliver 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque. This is channelled to the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and an all-wheel drive system...


Volkswagen T-Roc, T-Cross confirmed for Oz, arriving early 2020
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Volkswagen T-Roc, T-Cross confirmed for Oz, arriving early 2020

Volkswagen has confirmed the Polo-sized T-Cross and the on-again, off-again T-Roc are coming to Australia early in 2020, giving the brand's SUV portfolio a long-overdue boost. Speaking on the back of a dealer conference in Brisbane, Todd Ford, product manager at Volkswagen Group Australia, said both cars offer a "significant volume opportunity" when they arrive...


2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R teased
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2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R teased

Volkswagen has provided its most revealing teaser for the upcoming T-Roc R compact SUV yet, in the form of a mildly-disguised concept sketch. The hotted-up compact crossover will be revealed in concept form at the Geneva motor show in March, but based on the image above the concept car will be pretty close to production ready...


Volkswagen confirms T-Roc R - video
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Volkswagen confirms T-Roc R - video

Volkswagen has officially confirmed the T-Roc R for production, teasing the little performance crossover in a short clip on YouTube this week. We've seen plenty of development prototypes for the R-badged T-Roc over the last year or so, and the production version shouldn't stray far from those vehicles – T-Roc body with subtle aero add-ons, big wheels and brakes, and a quad-tipped exhaust...


Volkswagen planning new small SUV for the US - report
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Volkswagen planning new small SUV for the US - report

Volkswagen's North American division is reportedly working on a new 'sub-compact' SUV to sit below the Tiguan, though it won't be the recently-revealed T-Cross or T-Roc. Car and Driver claims the German brand is keen to introduce a new model in the US to compete with the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade, though this new crossover looks to be specific to the US market – much like the larger Atlas, though that is also sold in China as the Terramont...


2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible spied for the first time
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2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible spied for the first time

Photographers have snapped images of the upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible for the first time, ahead of a production debut in 2020. Following in similar vein to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, the soft-top T-Roc will join a very exclusive club of SUV cabriolets – whether it's a club worth joining is up to you..


2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R spied in production body
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2019 Volkswagen T-Roc R spied in production body

Photographers have snapped a development vehicle believed to be the upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc R in its production form, ahead of an anticipated debut later this year. Compared to previous prototypes, this T-Roc R is fully camouflaged and features bespoke body elements – namely the front and rear bumpers...


Volkswagen T-Roc R spied again
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Volkswagen T-Roc R spied again

A development prototype believed to be an early Volkswagen T-Roc R has been spied again, indicating the company's small performance SUV project is still in the works. Snapped leaving the Volkswagen and Audi test facility at the Nurburgring, the T-Roc R prototype looks very much like the blue example spied last September, though the LED daytime-running light strips in the front bumper aren't present on this black vehicle...


Volkswagen T-Roc convertible coming in 2020
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Volkswagen T-Roc convertible coming in 2020

A drop-top take on the Volkswagen T-Roc is set for production, but we'll have to wait until 2020 for a full unveil. There have been a few notable high-riding convertibles in recent years, including Range Rover Evoque and, in the USA, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. Neither has been a runaway success, but that hasn't stopped Volkswagen from having a crack...


Volkswagen T-Roc: Small SUV forced off Australian agenda, for now
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Volkswagen T-Roc: Small SUV forced off Australian agenda, for now

A worldwide production shortfall has forced Volkswagen Australia to take the chic little T-Roc crossover — its premium-positioned Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR rival — off the agenda for the time being, though it will revisit the business case in 12 months time. It had been pencilled in for a local launch either late in 2018 or early 2019, though supply issues always made its situation for our market tenuous...


Volkswagen T-Roc R spied at the Nurburgring
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Volkswagen T-Roc R spied at the Nurburgring

A prototype believed to be the rumoured Volkswagen T-Roc R has been spied this week near the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Compared to the standard model - which was revealed just weeks ago - this development vehicle sports unique LED daytime-running lights (strips on this car compared to the circular ones of the market version) and quad tailpipes out the back...


CarAdvice podcast 67: Driving Holden's new Commodore
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CarAdvice podcast 67: Driving Holden's new Commodore

Joining Mandy Turner this week, are Paul Maric and Mike Stevens, bringing you the latest car news from the past week. This includes, the new Ford CEO backing away from 2021 target for full autonomous cars, the Ferrari boss is shying away from a modern version Dino, Skoda Kodiaq gets a diesel, and the 2018 BMW M5 has been revealed...


2018 Volkswagen T-Roc revealed
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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc revealed

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...


Volkswagen T-Roc R SUV in testing for potential launch - report
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Volkswagen T-Roc R SUV in testing for potential launch - report

The upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc crossover could potentially spawn an all-out 'R' variant, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Autocar, the company's research and development boss, Frank Welsch, said he had a development vehicle already commissioned "for testing" because he "likes the idea" of such a model...


2018 Volkswagen T-Roc design teased ahead of August debut - video
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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc design teased ahead of August debut - video

The upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc SUV has been teased again this week, following the release of a less revealing video earlier in the month. The look of the new T-Roc, set to be unveiled on August 23, will walk the line between the light Polo hatch and larger Tiguan SUV, showing more of Volkswagen's new-generation styling themes...


2018 Seat Arona goes official in Barcelona
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2018 Seat Arona goes official in Barcelona

The 2018 Seat Arona has been officially revealed in its home market of Spain this week, slotting below the larger Ateca in the company's line-up. Set to take on the likes of the Nissan Juke, the Arona rides on the Volkswagen Group's MQB 'A0' architecture for compact vehicles, which already underpins several models including the Audi Q2 and new-gen Volkswagen Polo...


Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report
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Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report

The boss of Volkswagen is said to have confirmed the company is working on high-performance 'R' versions of its SUV models, according to a new report out of the UK this week. Speaking with Auto Express, Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess said the company is right now developing several SUV R models to expand its performance line-up...


Seat Arona leaked in online images
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Seat Arona leaked in online images

The Seat Arona small SUV has been leaked online this week, giving a first look at the Spanish company's rival to the Nissan Juke, which is set to debut in the coming months. Images published by MQB-Coding & Retrofit show the stylish crossover in silver, looking very much like a baby version of the larger Ateca - Seat's twin-under-the-skin to the Volkswagen Tiguan...