The new 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc is here with us. According to the German automaker, this newly-developed compact-class SUV is available with a boatload of impressive features and technologies in terms of driver-assistance systems and personalization options. For instance, it comes laden with upscale features such as Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist, and Active Info Display.
Driver assistance technologies aside, the spec sheet for 2018 also features personalization options such as a bi-color design and customer-specific decors. Besides those, the new 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc is also available with an avant-garde styling design, top-notch comfort, powerful yet efficient engines, and innovative digital features.
The model first appeared as a concept back in 2014 during the Geneva Auto Show. Unlike many concepts that hardly go into production, that of the T-Roc was almost guaranteed thanks to its practicality. Fast forward to today, and we finally have it as the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc that first saw the light of day during the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Just as most enthusiasts had hoped, Volkswagen didn’t disappoint. The new 2018 T-Roc is billed as an innovative compact-class SUV that boasts of a number of remarkable features. Its exterior is sporty, its cabin voluptuous, and its technologies up-to-date. Furthermore, there’re lots of customization options for buyers who need more personalization.
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Three trim models are offered for 2018 – Base, Sport, and Style. In addition to that, a smorgasbord of options are also offered with the only downside being costing a few extra bucks over and above the starting MSRP price.
Granted, we don’t know much about the new model as it’s an all-new model. Nevertheless, you can rest assured Volkswagen didn’t leave anything to chance when designing it. It’s well-thought out and has been designed to stand out from the crowd through unique styling.
According to Dr. Herbert Diess – Volkswagen Brand Board Chairman, the new vehicle is a benchmark setter in the booming SUV segment. It embodies all of Volkswagen’s good qualities such as upscale technology, dynamic handling, and functionality while at the same time debuting with modern, creative and segment-revolutionary elements.
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2018 Volkswagen T-Roc Review
- exterior redesign
- interior changes
- engine specs
- release date & price
2018 Volkswagen T-Roc Exterior Design
The new model is downright sporty. It goes without saying that it’s enriching to its segment. This is in terms of powerful dynamism. And speaking of dynamism, the new 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc is based on the structural transverse matrix platform that underpins the Tiguan.
Dimension wise, the new model measures as follows: length – 4,234mm, width – 1,819mm, height – 1,573mm and wheelbase – 2,603mm. Although it might be shorter than the Tiguan, it is more aerodynamic. In that it sits lower and is relatively larger.
Styling is both expressive and confident – elements that make it charismatic. Up front, the headlights, foglights use LED technology and their housings feature a low-profile design. In between the headlights and radiator grille is a narrow chrome strip. Down below, the air dam is massive and aids in passing the air through into the engine housing. And when things get a little cloudy, the lower corners feature foglights units provide some low-level visibility.
Sideways, the distinctive chrome elements influence the long, extended lines of the side profile. And in conjunction with the A pillars and the C pillars, they lend the side profile an entirely unique character.
Around back, the 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc gets a consistent, horizontal layout that is structured in three levels. There is, when viewed from above, the roof, the 3D LED taillights, and then the bumper area. This not only gives the T-Roc a sporty stance but also offers it an aerodynamic stance.
Interior Design & Features - 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc
As a first for any Volkswagen, the new model gets an 11.7-inch Active Info Display that features crisp, high-quality graphics. Infotainment systems available with it include smartphone connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, it can display Roadside Assistance, Automatic Accident Notification, and Emergency Service.
Some of the features available with the Volkswagen T-Roc Style include ambient lighting, contrasting colored roof, chrome exhaust trim panels, a driver alert system, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, and all the contents of the connectivity package.
The Volkswagen T-Roc Sport features sporty comfort seats, smoked rear lights, black roof-lining, red ambient lighting, aluminum pedals, red brake calipers, and silver underbody guard at the front and rear.
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One main highlight that is guaranteed to catch the attention of a trained eye is the seamless integration of controls and display elements. For example, it comes with upscale infotainment systems and technology. On-board elements and ergonomics of controls and their visibility are intuitive and precise.
Furthermore, the ruggedness and confidence of the SUV character merge comfortably with the independence and charismatic interior design. Both the driver and passengers have voluptuous space. Even taller drivers will appreciate the 2018 T-Roc’s head- and legroom. There’s also an impressive cargo volume utility. In fact, there’s hardly any other vehicle in its class that can compete with it in this regard. With the rear seats folded, the cargo capacity stands at 1,290 liters.
2018 Volkswagen T-Roc Specs For Engine & Performance
Beneath the hood of the newest T-Roc are three engines. Displacements range from 1.0L, to 2.0L. The least powerful gasoline engine produces 113 horsepower while the most powerful churns out a whopping 187 horsepower.
The TDI lineup on the other hand provides power ranging from a low of 147 horsepower to a high of 187 horsepower. Transmission is either through the six-speed gearbox or the seven-speed DSG.
As already told, the new 2018 Volkswagen T-Roc also features a comprehensive suite of driver assistance features. Standard equipment to expect include Front Assist Monitor, City Emergency Braking, Automatic Post-Collision Braking, and Lane Keep Assist.
Additionally, there’ll be options to choose from. These might include features such as Emergency Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Assist lane keeping system, Rear View camera system, Driver Alert System, Dynamic Road Sign Display, and Proactive Occupant Protection System.
2018 Volkswagen T-Roc Release Date & Price
Once available the new T-Roc is expected to go for sale for an MSRP beginning from $22,000. This information is however speculative at the moment as Volkswagen is yet to formally announce the exact pricing figures.
As and when the T-Roc finally goes for sale, it’ll find itself fighting for survival against the likes of Mazda CX-3 and the Nissan Juke. The Juke is a funky tiny SUV that is currently going for sale for around $20,250. It’s a good option for buyers looking for some expressive and extroverted styling. The CX-3 on the other hand starts from an MSRP of around $19,960. It’s good for buyers looking for sporty driving feel, athletic handling, and a choice of powertrain options.