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Just like the Tiguan, it is also based on the modular transverse matrix platform, better known as MQB. And it will be offered with three petrol (TSI) and three diesel (TDI) engine options. The front-wheel drive variants will get a manual gearbox while the 4Motion all-wheel drive variants will be available with a 7-speed DSG gearbox.
The T-Roc follows Volkswagen’s new design language and promises to bring the practicality of an SUV in crossover dimensions. Noticeable design elements include a wide radiator grille with integrated headlamps, air dams with encircling LED DRLs and skid plates at the front and the rear.
On the inside, it comes loaded with Volkswagen latest gadgetry. It gets an active info display (like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit) and a touchscreen infotainment display at the centre which supports smartphone integration via ‘Volkswagen Car Net’. The T-Roc offers a class leading boot space of 445 litres which can be increased to 1,290-litres by folding the rear seats.
The T-Roc is equipped with Volkswagen’s latest safety features including Front Assist area monitoring with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and the lane keeping system – Lane Assist.
“The T-Roc sets a new benchmark in the booming SUV segment. With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities. It marks a milestone in our SUV offensive,” said Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management, at the world premiere of the T-Roc in Italy.
The T-Roc is all set to make its debut in the European markets by November 2017. It is expected to launch in India by 2018.