Volkswagen T-Roc SUV 'to appeal to all'

All-New VW T-ROC Unveiled in New Video

To emphasis the compact crossover's "go anywhere" ambitions, plastic cladding has also been applied to the body. The lines of the elongated silhouette are on the other hand characterized by a particularly striking chrome element that runs from the A-pillars across the complete side roof line all the way into the C-pillar and is reminiscent in form of a coupe. Those silver surrounds in the lower area aren't exhausts if you have to ask, and those "outlets" merely accommodate the reverse sensors.

The T-Roc is similar in length to a Golf, and very similar underneath to Audi's Q2, which is no surprise because it has been conceived on VW's modular MQB platform. At 4234 mm, the T-Roc is Creta-sized and gets a 2.6m wheelbase. With the 60/40 split folding rear seats up, there's only 15. This will serve as the smallest SUV in Volkswagen's stable - positioned below the Tiguan.

The exterior and interior of the T-Roc can be specced up as per customer needs, thanks to the carmaker's customisation options. The rear is typical Volkswagen with a minimal but attractive design. A 6.5-inch touchscreen will dominate the minimalist dashboard, while Volkswagen's latest eight-inch touchscreen infotainment will be available as an option, with DAB audio and navigation.

Other bits of equipment include a powered liftgate, keyless entry and start, heating and ventilation for the seats, two-zone Climatronic system and an optional two-part panoramic sunroof that measures 870 mm wide and 1,364 mm long - claimed to be the largest in the segment. The current vehicle that occupies the space that would otherwise be taken by the T-Roc is the Tiguan Limited.

The Volkswagen T-Roc is "not like a normal SUV", according to Frank Welsch, VW's head of R&D, speaking to Autocar ahead of the car's official unveiling tonight.

As part of the biggest model offensive in its history, Volkswagen is extending its model range by adding a compact-class crossover: the T-Roc. No exact figures have been announced, but the power units will be offered in front-wheel drive with a manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, or all-wheel drive coupled to the automatic. Staying true to the SUV moniker - VW will also offer its 4motion 4WD system on some models. It allows drivers to cycle through four different driving modes - Street, Snow, Offroad and Offroad Individual - depending on the situation.

"We haven't decided yet", says VW brand chief Herbert Diess, but we believe that chances are slim; while we will be seeing a VW subcompact crossover in the States, it probably won't be the T-Roc that you see here.

The T-Roc enters a crowded segment, though VW hopes it will stand out by a combination of functionality, dynamic handling and technology. That's a gap it has just tried to quell with an all-new SUV based on a previous concept of the same name, the T-Roc.

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