Looking for a small crossover that's wickedly quick, but still practical for the daily grind? Volkswagen seemed to have come up with such a vehicle with the 2020 T-Roc R.
Essentially the most powerful variant of the B-segment crossover, it features a more aggressive exterior, a beefier turbocharged engine that sends power to all four wheels, and a spruced-up cabin that features 'motorsport-inspired' design.
Starting off with the T-Roc R's looks, it gets a bolder-looking front bumper with massive air intakes. It also has a polished front grill made of anodized aluminum that gives it a sportier appearance when compared to the non-R version. A new rear bumper also makes its way on the new T-Roc R and is accompanied by four exhaust pipes that exit either side of the crossover itself.
Beyond those, Volkswagen also installed the following extras on the tuned crossover: matte-chrome painted side mirrors, a skid plate at the front, wider wheel arches, black-painted brake calipers that feature the 'R' logo, and bigger 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch set available as an option).
Aboard the crossover, Volkswagen opted to give the T-Roc R a motorsport-style interior. Splashes of stainless steel trim adorn the cabin and is complemented by the 'R' logo. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, along with the door sill plates, and leather-fabric seats also come with the signature R logo as a way to remind occupants they are in something special. Further giving the T-Roc R its sporting pedigree are the stainless steel pedals, black headliner and paddle shifters.
Powering the T-Roc R is a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged inline-four derived from the Golf R. Unlike the hot hatch which already produces an impressive 314 PS and 400 Nm Nm of torque, the highly-tuned crossover gets a slightly detuned 300 PS. Torque remains the same however at 400 Nm.
Power is then sent to all four wheels via Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. With it, the T-Roc R is capable of sprinting from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds before reaching an electronically-governed 250 km/h top speed.
Besides giving the T-Roc R more pep under the hood, Volkswagen was also busy giving the hot crossover suspension and chassis tweaks. It now comes with a sport-tuned suspension, along with a lowered ride height for better road-holding ability. Even the steering system has been tuned specifically to deliver more precise handling. For those that want a bit more fun in the T-Roc R, Volkswagen threw a special Race Mode which they guarantee will deliver a sporty driving experience.
Going fast also means one will have to stop faster, and Volkswagen did just that by installing a bigger brake kit for the T-Roc R. Fitted on all four corners are 17-inch disc brakes lifted straight from the Golf R for improved stopping power.
Volkswagen will officially reveal the T-Roc R in the metal at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show come March 7.