The German automaker is finally offering another compact crossover in Europe – slated below the popular Tiguan to fight off the wide range of subcompact offerings, and of course targeting the Renault Captur leader.
The T-Roc, an all-new model, is finally a vehicle that delivers some innovations on behalf the make’s traditional design – and fortunately doesn’t look like the Tiguan got shrunk or the Golf used stilts. Instead it proposes a stylish design, with the fascia dominated by the large, hexagonal grille with neatly integrated headlights. The design for the LED running lights is particularly new, and the T-Roc wants you to believe it can take you places with simulated skid plates and wraparound black plastic cladding. There are also numerous chrome accents, and owners can select the roof in Deep Black, Pure White Uni, and Black Oak Brown Metallic for a two-tone appearance. At the back the thick C pillar and creased rear are the featured elements, for a distinctive look – and there’s also a new interpretation of the horizontal taillights.
The T-Roc is sized at 166.7 inches long (4,234 millimeters), which is a good 9.9 inches (252 mm) shorter than the Tiguan – but with a 102.5-inch (2,603-mm) wheelbase available cargo space can vary between 15.72 cubic feet (445 liters) and 45.56 cubic feet (1,290 liters) with the seats folded. Even the interior is a slight departure from the traditionally sober appearance – you can have trim elements in the same color as the body – or you could go for a very high-tech cabin. The subcompact packs – from the options list – an 11.7-inch digital instrument display instead of the analog cluster, while the standard 6.5 inch infotainment system can be swapped for an 8-inch one. The Comfort pack also brings inductive charging for digital devices and a 300-watt, 8-channel audio system.
The T-Roc is initially an European affair, with buyers on the Old Continent having to choose from a 1.0-liter TSI with 114 horsepower (85 kilowatts) and six-speed manual linked to the front wheels, a 1.5 TSI with 150 hp and six-speed manual gearbox/FWD or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with optional AWD and a 2.0 TSI packing 190 hp and exclusive DSG/AWD setup for the gasoline options. The diesel side is represented by a 1.6-liter with 114 hp (85 kW), a six-speed manual, and FWD. You can then upgrade to the well known 2.0-liter delivering 150 hp, available with manual, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission DSG, front wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The top choice is the 2.0 TDI with 190 hp, AWD and DSG.