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Volkswagen T-Roc revealed in production guise

Volkswagen T-Roc revealed in production guise

Volkswagen has revealed its all new T-Roc compact SUV in Italy and the vehicle will debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year.

The T-Roc rides on Volkswagen's modular transverse matrix (MQB) architecture, which is also found on the Tiguan, Atlas and Teramont.

Apart from being small, being cutesily trendy is the USP of this new VW machine. A 2.0 TSI with 197bhp will complete the petrol line-up. In addition, the T-Roc will be offered with three diesel engine- a 1.6 litre that produces 113hp of power, while the larger 2.0 litre TDI engine will be offered in two states of tunes-148 hp and 190 hp.

They are being offered partly with front-wheel drive and manual gearbox, partly with front-wheel drive, 4Motion all-wheel drive (including 4Motion Active Control as standard) and the dual clutch gearbox (7-speed DSG).

The T-Roc gets an "Active Info Display" and a connectivity system that connects to the internet and apps through a smartphone and the Volkswagen Car Net system. It has a coupe-style roofline and more compact dimensions (it's 252mm shorter and 81mm lower), with a sloping tailgate and repositioned numberplate. Instead it proposes a stylish design, with the fascia dominated by the large, hexagonal grille with neatly integrated headlights.

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In the United Kingdom, the T-Roc can be pre-ordered coming September, and the new compact SUV from the German carmaker is expected to hit the roads by December.

Inside, VW has lifted the cabin from its latest Golf with minimal changes. The next level up is the glass-encased 8.0-inch Composition Media system with CD player, and beyond that is the Discover Media system (also an 8-inch touchscreen) with navigation function.

The T-Roc - the name uses the "T" from siblings Tiguan and Touareg and the "Roc" just means it will rock you - will rival the Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR, Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V and forthcoming Hyundai Kona on the Australian market. We sat in a auto during our studio shoot and noticed a handy recess in the roofline that allows adults to sit comfortably behind tall drivers. There's a decent boot of 445 litres, which expands to 1,290 litres with the rear seats folded flat - for comparison, an Audi Q2 boasts 405 litres with the seats up, and 1,050 litres with the seats down. It will also be very safe, with even the base model coming with Front Assist area monitoring with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the lane keeping system Lane Assist. There are also numerous chrome accents, and owners can select the roof in Deep Black, Pure White Uni, and Black Oak Brown Metallic for a two-tone appearance. A wide range of bold colour options will be available across the range.

Order books for the new Volkswagen T-TOC open in the United Kingdom in October.


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