Volkswagen is straying away from playing safe this time and it is visible from the vibrant line-up that was showcased on VW’s pavilion at Auto Expo 2020. They have a very vibrant mid-size SUV on the showcase and it is the T-Roc. At first glance, you will even confuse it to not be a VW as it is designed unlike any other SUV from the German manufacturer.
The T-Roc shows that Volkswagen is serious about India as it has been built on its India-specific MQB A0 IN platform. It is a tweaked version of their very popular MQB platform that underpins many of its offerings ranging from hatchbacks to SUVs. So, you might now get the intensity of their focus on the Indian market.
The T-Roc is already being sold abroad and the specimen showcased at Auto Expo is a CBU unit which hasn’t been cut down on features. VW has also started accepting bookings for the T-Roc at their Indian website. The T-Roc sits just below the Tiguan is Volkswagen’s line-up and thus fills up the void that was earlier present.
T-Roc is a muscular offering and it is evident from the sharp styling cues and chunky shoulder lines. Volkswagen has gone forth with minimal yet highlighting ones. The front fascia is dominated with a wide grille that is trapezoidal and is highlighted with three chunky vertical stripes. The area within these lines are filled with hexagonal grille spacing but the alternate ones are solid and thus limits the flow of unwanted particles through it. We applaud VW for not going with a complete chrome setup as it would have made it an eyesore, so kudos with that decision and we hope that it gets retained in the final Indian retail model.
The bumper is long and its lower grille is also similarly sized as the main one but this one is devoid of drama and is simple lines. The radiator is visible through it and has the fog lamps placed flush at both corners. LED DRLs are positioned between the headlights and fog lamps in a different cut out that also comprises of the hexagonal element seen in the grille. It gives this VW a distinctive look and black plastic cladding runs all around the car and gets connected at both ends with an extended portion that gives it an uninterrupted flow.
The roof is blacked out and the dual-tone setup ups its visual appeal. The roof has a calm sloping line towards the rear and it seamlessly ends with the chunky C-pillar. Tail Lights are LED and have the same sharp styling running through it and resembles those on the Volkswagen Phaeton.
The interior is bright, to say the least. The orange theme is carried forward on the inside and it looks pretty good. The dashboard has been designed in a proper VW fashion with a two-piece setup. The top half houses an 8.0-inch infotainment unit which is surrounded with an orange panel and ends on both ends at the air-con vents. The right-wing also houses the instrument cluster which is a digital unit and displays all of the vital info feasibly. The bottom half is the extension of the central tunnel and is bordered in the same bright orange colour. IT houses the air-con controls and has a storage space below it. The stick for its 7-Speed DCT gearbox takes up most of the space below it.
Seating is ample and all four seats are well padded with ample rear legroom. Creature comfort has been taken care of in the T-Roc as it will have features like automatic climate control, wireless charging and an in-car connected services suite. Safety features are also top-notch and will be packed similarly as the international model. It will get six airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking camera, blind-spot monitor and adaptive cruise control as standard.
The T-Roc will mostly be an imported model and so will have the same power plant as the International model which is a 1.5L turbocharged inline-four petrol engine mated to a 7-Speed DCT gearbox. It will pump out 148 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque which is the same power plant in the Skoda Vision IN. This is because both share the same platform and engine configuration.
The T-Roc will be priced steeply as it will mostly be a CBU unit and so will be tagged as a premium SUV. The pricing will be in and around Rs. 23 lakhs by the nature of things and with the number of features on offer and so the pricing is justified and VW might localise production of certain components shortly to bring down the cost and price it more competitively.