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New VW Roc: a Tiguan, but smaller

  • Meet the new T-Roc: Volkswagen’s fourth SUV
  • Expressive design, coupé-like roof, wide front
  • Powerful engines, 4Motion all-wheel drive option
2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress
2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress

WOLFSBURG, Germany / COMO, Italy – Volkswagen, as what the automaker says is part of the biggest model offensive in its history, is extending its model range with a compact-class crossover badged T-Roc.

The new crossover, VW says, brings fresh impetus to the compact SUV segment with maximum personalisation, innovative digitalisation, perfect connectivity, leading-edge driving assistance, dynamic engines and, modern, expressive design.

“A car as much at home in the city as on rough terrain,” VW says.

2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress
2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress

Dr Herbert Diess, VW brand board chairman, said at the world premiere in Como, Italy: “The T-Roc sets a benchmark in the booming SUV segment.

“With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the in T-Roc embodies all good VW qualities – a milestone in our SUV offensive.”


Experts estimate that the segment will almost double in size over the next decade so, VW says, “is bringing another attractive model in the compact SUV space, below the Tiguan”.

It’s the T-Roc.

Its features, the automaker says, set benchmarks that will appeal to people of all ages from young singles to empty-nesters with its sporty design that stands for a new VW style and sets a course within the model range.”

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Standard is front-wheel drive, AWD an option, but overall, VW says, the T-Roc “combines the aplomb of an SUV with the agility of a sporty compact model – and does indeed rock the segment in ways depending on specification and colour combination”.

2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress
2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress

The T-Roc is the first VW SUV available with two-tone paintwork with a contrasting roof (including the A pillars and exterior mirrors).

Many design elements, VW says, define the new five-seater’s style: a wide radiator grille with dual headlights and a repositioned light signature. The elongated silhouette has a chromed element from the A pillars across the roof to the C pillar reminiscent of a coupé.

2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress
2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress

The off-road look has been emphasised with dark plastic protection trim around the wheel arches and along the sills, as well as the front and rear.

The cabin claims to have a robust SUV feel with “an interplay between the information display and infotainment system to create a digital and interactive cockpit”. Through a smartphone and Volkswagen Car Net it is possible to use a number of online services and apps and to integrate the phone and/or media library.

Another option is a Security & Service package that includes an emergency service, accident SOS and roadside assistance.

2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress
2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress

VW sees the T-Roc as in a segment below the VW Tiguan and based on VW’s modular transverse matrix. If all five seats are up luggage volume loaded up to the top edge of the rear backrests totals 445 litres. With the backrests folded (60/40 split) that increases to 1290 litres.

“Even the ‘T-Roc’ base version,” VW says, “comes with high-tech systems such as front obstruction / pedestrian monitoring with with emergency braking, auto post-collision braking and lane-keeping, aircon, colour infotainment system, diode tail lights, black underbody shield and diode daytime running lights.”


Volkswagen will (perhaps dependent on market) offer two higher lines on par with each other, Sport and Style units, the automaker says, will be available “for maximum personalisation”.

The SUV can optionally be configured with another 10 driving assistance feature over those already mentioned:further driver assistance systems. These include adaptive cruise control, reversing camera, rear traffic alert, blind-spot monitor, parking assistance and lane-keeping.

Power operation of the tail hatch and keyless access will also be on the menu.


Like the larger Tiguan, the T-Roc will have a choice of turbocharged engines – three petrol and three diesel – variously with front-wheel drive and manual gearbox, 4Motion all-wheel drive and a dual-clutch seven-speed direct-shift gearbox.

The T-Roc will take its place in the €20,000 class segment (German market). Its market launch will start with Europe in November 2017.

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