Could this new Volkswagen outsell the Golf?

The front of the Volkswagen T Roc is dominated by a wide grill that converges into the slim LED headlamps

The name T-Roc was chosen to convey the crossover's SUV-ness, suggesting it can tackle hardcore stuff like rock-crawling and such, and then a big T was slapped up front so the model ties in nicely with VW's current and future naming schemes - you know, Tiguan, Touareg, Terramont (Atlas in the US), and Touran (MPV thing in Europe...).

Also part of the base specification are details such as air-conditioning, the Composition Colour infotainment touchscreen, LED rear lights, underbody sump guard, and LED daytime running lights in the bumper.

"The T-Roc sets a new benchmark in the booming SUV segment", said VW Chairman Dr. Herbert Diess at the vehicle's premiere.

Instead, VW of America is considering another compact crossover in the company's global inventory to slot in below the newly introduced second generation Tiguan.

The T-Roc enters a crowded segment, though VW hopes it will stand out by a combination of functionality, dynamic handling and technology.

The exterior and interior of the T-Roc can be specced up as per customer needs, thanks to the carmaker's customisation options.

Frank Welsch, head of research and development for VW, has told British publication Autocar that the German firm has already developed a prototype T-Roc R for testing.

The roof is designed such that the roof-line imparts a coupe-like silhouette to the car and is available in colours contrasting to that of the body's. It also features an all-glass panoramic sunroof as an option

Bootspace will be a useful 445-litres when the rear seats in place - 15 more than the Qashqai - while the 60/40 split rear seats will fold down to provide 1290 litres, which is significantly less than the outright 1585 litres you get in the Nissan.

Front- and 4Motion all-wheel drive will be offered, as will manual and DSG transmissions.

LED tail-lights wrap around to the rear third-quarter panels, accentuating the T-Roc's wide stance.

Multimedia equipment will include "Active Info Display" and a sophisticated audio and connectivity system that connects to the internet and apps through a smartphone and the Volkswagen Car Net system.

Making use of VW Group's versatile MQB platform, the T-Roc will be offered with a choice of six engines, two gearboxes and the option of either front or four-wheel-drive powertrains. (Unless VW is withholding the T-Roc because it wants to sell the more expensive Audis instead). Three trim levels will be offered, base, T-Roc Sport and T-Roc Style. The T-Roc can be adapted to the driver's personal preferences via a range of further assistance systems that is exceptionally large for this vehicle class.

VW says the T-Roc will go on sale in Europe from November.

Adaptive chassis control and progressive steering can be added for more eager drivers, and there's also the option of keyless entry.




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