At its launch last night, Volkswagen said the compact-SUV segment "will nearly double in size over the next decade".
The same report indicates VW won't offer the GTI badge on T-Roc or any SUV, instead keeping that exclusively for the Golf and Polo hatchbacks. And it does indeed rock the segment - in varying ways depending on specification and above all colour combination. The sloping roofline of the crossover gives sporty touch while the brushed aluminum-look trim further beef up the design in an effective manner. The lines of the elongated silhouette are on the other hand characterised 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 coupé. The exterior can be had with dual tone paint jobs, while the interior can have contrasting stitches to match the exterior. It has a robust SUV feel and modern treatment of surfaces.
Multimedia equipment will include "Active Info Display" and a sophisticated audio and connectivity system that connects to the internet and apps through a smartphone and the Volkswagen Car Net system.
LED tail-lights wrap around to the rear third-quarter panels, accentuating the T-Roc's wide stance.
The all-new T-Roc will be built atop the modular MQB architecture, which also underpins the Tiguan, and gargantuan Atlas. The backrests can also be folded down in a 60/40 split, yielding luggage capacity of up to 1,290 litres. Hardly any other vehicle in this segment is as spacious, claims VW.
Instead, VW of America is considering another compact crossover in the company's global inventory to slot in below the newly introduced second generation Tiguan.
The base model will be called just the T-Roc but there will be two higher grade versions called "Sport" and "Style" with more custom features.
Adaptive chassis control and progressive steering can be added for more eager drivers, and there's also the option of keyless entry. The European market will have the availability of four turbocharged engines - a 1.0-litre petrol; 2.5-litre petrol; 1.6-litre diesel; and 2.0-litre diesel. Three TSI petrol and three diesels will be on offer, and while most will use front-wheel-drive powertrains, unlike many rivals the T-Roc will offer an all-wheel-drive option using Volkswagen's 4Motion transmission.
The Volkswagen T-Roc features a bold design language, with a squarish front fascia and flared wheel arches.
There is no information about the T-ROC launch in the Philippines, it is expected that the sales will first commence in the USA markets followed by its introduction in ASEAN markets.