Volkswagen is right on schedule with their planned product timeline for 2017. The German automaker has pulled the wraps off the T-Roc, their entry into the B-segment crossover market. It is set to compete with the like of the Ford Ecosport and the Nissan Juke.
For its design, the Volkswagen T-Roc follows the brand's new corporate look which was set off by the Arteon. At the front are slim headlights which then merge with a large hexagonal grill with the Volkswagen badge sitting boldly at the center. Seen at the corner of the rounded off bumpers are pentagonal LED daytime running lights with the foglights set just below it. Also seen is a large air intake and a faux skid plat at the front apron.
Bold fender flares and two bold character lines define the T-Roc's side profile. Unpainted trim and brushed aluminum-look trim beef up the look of the small crossover. Meanwhile, the roof tapers downwards to give the T-Roc a sportier design and two-tone paint schemes are also available. As for the rear, it boasts an integrated rear spoiler, as well as tail lights which draw inspiration form the Tiguan.
Inside, the dash gets an angular design, much like the one seen in the Tiguan. The T-Roc also gets exterior color-matching inserts, as well as a flat-bottom steering wheel. There are various infotainment options available with the Car-Net system being the most comprehensive touchscreen. Another option is the 11.7-inch instrument cluster screen which replaces traditional analogue gauges. Much like the Audi Virtual Cockpit system, the color display screen can be personalized to display various functions such as navigation and vehicle status.
The powertrain lineup will consist of six engines and two transmissions in total. There are three turbocharged gas and three turbodiesel engines available upon release. The gas range starts with the three-cylinder, 1.0-liter TSI with 114 PS, followed by a four-cylinder 1.5 TSI that produces 148 PS. Serving as the range-topper for the gas engine lineup is the four-cylinder, 2.0-liter TSI which packs 188 PS. The 2.0-liter spec comes exclusively with a seven-speed transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive while the rest of the range can be specified with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. Front wheel drive is standard in the 1.0 and 1.5-liter with all-wheel drive as an option.
As for the turbodiesels, a 1.6-liter TDI serves as the base model with 114 PS. There are two 2.0-liter TDI engines to choose from, one with 148 PS and 188 PS. The more powerful 2.0 TDI comes with 4Motion all-wheel drive and the seven-speed DSG as standard.