In 2014, when the SUV rage was still an upcoming trend, Volkswagen had revealed a stylish crossover SUV concept T-Roc. After four years of development, Volkswagen has built the production version of this concept and has retained more than just the name. Here is a visual tour of the T-Roc that was unveiled globally yesterday.
Dubbed as the baby-Tiguan already, the production T-Roc resembles the concept car to a large extent. The wide horizontally slatted grille with the sleek headlamps give it the classic square SUV look. The mesh air-dam with a bash-plate underneath give it a sporty but rugged stance.
Its side profile is marked by flared wheel arches and large 17-inch alloy wheels which give it the required muscle. At 4234 mm, the T-Roc is Creta-sized and gets a 2.6m wheelbase. The rear is typical Volkswagen with a minimal but attractive design.
The T-Roc will get the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol and the 1.8-litre diesel engines that develop power between 140bhp to 180bhp and will be offered with both manual and automatic gearboxes. It also comes with improved ride and handling along with a slew of safety features.
Inside, the T-Roc is all tech with VW’s version of the Audi virtual cockpit replacing the instrument cluster. It also gets a separate infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen display and other bells and whistles. The interior gets trendy body-coloured highlights in the upholstery as well.
The T-Roc is a five-door, five seater SUV and the rear seats look spacious. The rear seats can be folded flat to extend the 450+ litre boot. It will certainly get AC vents for the rear passenger as well as a part of the climate control system along with storage spaces.
The T-Roc is expected to hit the European markets later this year and we think, the T-Roc might be a good candidate from the VW stable to compete against the Jeep Compass or the Hyundai Tucson in India. We hope VW brings the T-Roc to India to spice up things in the D-segment.