Volkswagen’s new SUV, the T-Roc will sit below the Tiguan in its international line-up. In its design, the T-Roc is more rakish than any other VW SUV, with a new-look front end, thick aluminum side panels to break up the visual bulk, and wheels up to 20in diameter. The T-Roc is similar in length to the VW Golf, and very similar underneath to Audi’s Q2, which is no surprise because it has been conceived on VW’s modular MQB platform. The T-Roc has a smaller front and lengthier back overhang than a Golf and it rides around 8-cm higher, but from the midpoint of its front wheels to the cabin, it’s essentially the same as a Golf underneath, just taller, owing to an upraised axle line. There will be 6 engine choices internationally at launch, three petrols and three diesels, one of each in 114bhp, 147bhp and 187bhp forms. Two and four-wheel drive will both be options, with manual and DSG dual-clutch automatic offered as well. All T-Rocs get multi-link suspension so there’s no torsion-beam derivative.
Although Welsch said the latest Arteon brought a new occurrence to VW’s exterior styling, the T-Roc “inside and out has more emotion than you would usually imagine from a Volkswagen”. The new design flair doesn’t necessarily equate to the way the T-Roc drives. “We have a clear idea of how a Volkswagen should be,” said Welsch, “and this is what we have tried to touch here. We have also made this car quieter, from wind noise and road noise and so on. People like more and more luxury.” Because it’s based on the MQB stage, the T-Roc will be accessible with VW’s full gamut of protection and infotainment tech. “This is a 100% online car,” said Welsch. With the addition of a smaller SUV, based on the T-Cross Breeze concept, arriving to sit beneath the T-Roc, and with two versions of the Tiguan, and a new Touareg arriving late this year, VW’s SUV range will soon encompass five models, of ever increasing popularity. In India, Volkswagen recently launched the Tiguan SUV which rivals the Hyundai Tucson.