Volkswagen has brought its T-Roc SUV at the Frankfurt motor show, following its reveal a media presentation that took place on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.
The car’s arrival marks the beginning of a line-up of transformation that will see the renewal of the full VW range by 2020.
How will the T-Roc is the cost?
Set to go on sale in the month of December, the T-Roc will start at a base price of around â‚¬ 19,000.
The new line of riding five-seater hatchback slot into the German car maker’s line-up below the Tiguan, which offers buyers the choice of three petrol and two diesel engines in different states of tune, along with front-or 4Motion four-wheel drive.
When is due to go on sale?
One of the two new VW SUV models planned for introduction by the beginning of 2019, the exclusive design T-Roc was first previewed in concept car guise at the 2014 Geneva motor show.
The final production version, pictured here officially for the first time, was conceived to rival a large number of junior SUV offered in a price range that will compete with the Renault Captur at the lower end, the Nissan Qashqai in the middle, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA at the upper end in one of europe’s fastest-growing car segments.
Will be entered in the first 2019 from a production version of the child VW T-Cross Breeze concept revealed at the 2016 Geneva motor show, according to Wolfsburg sources.
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The T-Roc is the latest VW model to the company’s highly versatile MQB platform. It uses a strut Suspension front and, depending on the engine and the drive system, a beam of twisting or multi-link rear suspension in combination with a system of shock absorbers adaptive.
Stylistically, the new SUV leans heavily on the previous concept with the same name, and with an external style to emphasize its dual on-and off-road character. VW boss Herbert Diess told the car reveal that the new T-Roc would be “the new agility benchmark in the class.
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Among the ideas for design is a new interpretation of the classic simple the VW grid. It is marked by relatively thin headlights that wrap around the front fenders to give the front-end and a highly tapered aspect. The thin profile of the lights has been made possible by the decision to house the LED daytime running lights and cornering lamps, lower, inside of the front bumper, which also receives a prominent trapezoidal-shaped cooling duct, and of silver color, kick plate inside its lower section. The daytime running lights serve as indicators, move to an orange hue when the arrows are in function.
More back, the sides are dominated by relatively large wheelhouses flanked by highly structured wheel arches. Other distinguishing styling features include a feature line that runs above the door handles, to form a defined shoulder line, a chrome trim element that extends from the column on the side of the roof before ending up at the base of the C-pillars and optional two-tone colors, in which the section of the roof, including pillars and exterior mirror housings, features a color contrast to the rest of the T-Roc, five ports, steel body.
That size will be?
Three specifications are laid down from the beginning of sales: standard, style and sport.
To 4234mm in length, 1819mm in width and 1573mm in height, the T-Roc is 252 mm shorter, 11mm wider and, because of its more road-car-like ground clearance, a considerable 131mm lower compared to the second generation of the Tiguan. Even if the two vw models share the same 2603mm wheelbase, their track widths are different: the T-Roc to the front and rear tracks are 24mm and 31mm shorter than those of the Tiguan to 1546mm and 1572mm respectively.
Compared to the recently facelifted seventh-generation Golf, the new VW SUV is 21mm shorter, 21mm wider and 120mm top. His step is 31mm shorter than the German automaker traditional sedan.
What will be the T-Roc?
Inside, the T-Roc features a dashboard style similar to that already used by the Golf Sportsvan, but with body coloured trim elements to help liven up its appearance. The controls have been brought in from other, recently launched Volkswagen models, giving the new SUV now has a family cabin appearance.
The added body height in comparison with the Golf, has allowed VW to provide the T-Roc with a high SUV-like seating position; the front seats are mounted 572mm above the road, while the rear seats are a height of 618mm. Nominal boot capacity is put at 445 litres, which is 65 liters more than that offered by the Golf, but a significant 170 litres shy of the Golf. With the standard 60/40 configured rear seat folded, the capacity extends up to 1290 liters.
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The list of optional equipment is extensive. Included is the latest version of VW 11.3 in the active info display, digital instrumentation, an 8.0 in touchscreen infotainment display to support a so-called app connect feature to integrate with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, a sensor smartphone charging plate and a 300-watt, eight-channel Bose sound system.
What are its characteristics?
In an attempt to offer the most extensive use, the T-Roc will be sold with a choice of five turbocharged engines, including three petrol units and two diesel. Depending on the model, buyers choose between a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-shift automatic transmission, and either front or 4Motion four-wheel drive.
Among the gasoline engines is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine developing 115bhp and 200lb ft of the entry level 1.0 TSI. Above it is the 1.5 TSI, which receives VW recently introduced 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 150bhp and round 250 ft. The performance leader inside of the new T-Roc line-up, however, is the 2.0 TSI. It runs the latest variant of the Wolfsburg 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine delivery 190bhp and 320lb ft of torque.
Diesel engines, all equipped with an SCR catalytic converter, kick it off with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 115bhp and 200lb ft for the 1.6 TDI. It is supported by VW’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which develops both 150bhp and 340lb-ft or 190bhp and 400lb ft.
A total of four models are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive as standard. The 2.0 TSI and the more powerful version of the 2.0 TDI comes exclusively with a seven-speed ducale shift gearbox and 4Motion four-wheel drive â€“ a combination that can also be ordered as an option on the 1.5 TSI and lower-powered 2.0 TDI.
T-Roc models equipped with the 4Motion four-wheel drive receive a so-called active control function. Offers the choice between two transport modes, the road and the snow, as well as two off-road mode, off-road and off-road individual. An optional feature of front-wheel-drive models, the 4Motion four-wheel-drive models also receive a driver of the function of the standard profile. Allows the driver to choose between five modes: comfort, normal, sport, eco and individual.
VW claims the T-Roc leads the class in terms of driver assistance systems. Among the standard equipment on all models automatic post-collision braking, active land keeping the front monitoring system â€“ the last to incorporate pedestrian monitoring, and emergency braking. High-end models also receive a driver alert system.
Buyers can option the new SUV with additional features, even on the road, a sign, display, adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, blind spot monitor, traffic jam assist, emergency assist, proactive occupant protection, the main beam assist and park assist.
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