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VOLKSWAGEN’S T-ROC TO COMPLETE THE SUV RANGE IN SOUTH AFRICA
|Date: 18 Jun 2020
||Author Type: Press Release
|Author: Volkswagen South Africa
|Source: Volkswagen South Africa
Johannesburg – Volkswagen has
added a fifth model to the brand’s SUV range in South Africa, the T-Roc. The
T-SUV range in the Southern African market now consists of the T-Cross, T-Roc,
Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and the Touareg.
The SUV market is growing rapidly in South Africa and from
2015 to 2019, it increased by 44%. International experts estimate that the compact
SUV segment worldwide will almost double in size over the next decade. It is
for this reason that Volkswagen South Africa is introducing another attractive
model in the compact SUV space, less than 12 months since the launch of the
As part of the biggest model offensive in its history,
Volkswagen is extending its model range by adding a compact-class crossover.
The new crossover from Volkswagen brings fresh impetus to the compact SUV class
and sets a new benchmark in the SUV segment with its functionality, dynamic handling
and technology. The T-Roc, which slots above the T-Cross and below the Tiguan in
the Volkswagen SUV range, offers maximum personalisation, innovative
digitalisation, perfect connectivity, class-leading driver assistance systems,
dynamic engines and above all a modern and expressive design. In the local
market, the T-Roc will be available in the following derivatives; 1.4 TSI 110kW
Design, 2.0 TSI 140kW 4MOTION® DSG® Design and the 2.0 TSI 140kW 4MOTION® DSG®
R-Line. The introduction of the T-Roc comes with new naming for the trim lines
under Volkswagen’s new “Y” structure line up. The base models will branch out
into two different line structures offering different levels of specification
to suit the different customer needs. The T-Roc offering has the Design line
for customers looking for more styling elements and the R-Line is aimed at customers
looking for more sporty levels of specification.
- Efficient turbocharged engines with outputs ranging from
110kW to 140kW
- With the T-Roc, Volkswagen is completing its range of SUVs in South Africa
- The T-Roc will go on sale in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana at the beginning of November 2020
Numerous design elements define the new five-seater's
style; at the front it is the wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual
headlights and the repositioned light signature, which make the
T-Roc unmistakable even at night. The lines of the elongated silhouette are
characterised by a particularly striking chrome element that runs from the
A-pillars across the complete side roofline all the way into the C-pillar and
is reminiscent of a coupé. The off-road look is enhanced by all-round, dark
plastic trim, which protects the bodywork around the wheel arches and side
sills, as well as the vehicle's front and rear. The rear bumper styling is just
as distinctive as the front, with the design aimed to frame the rear lid and in
turn, give the T-Roc a sportier look. The T-Roc will also be amongst the first
Volkswagen models to display the new Volkswagen logo in South Africa.
The T-Roc is the first Volkswagen SUV that will be
available to order in two-tone paintwork with visually contrasting roof section
(including the A-pillars and exterior mirror housings). On the Design derivatives,
customers have a choice of pure white, red and black on the roof and exterior
mirror housings. These roof and exterior mirror housings can be paired with
various exterior colours, thus giving
T-Roc customers 26 different colour options. The R-Line derivative will have 21
different colour options.
The Design derivatives come standard with the 17-inch Mayfield
alloy wheel and have two further options of an 18-inch Montego alloy wheel as
well as an 18-inch Grange Hill alloy wheel. The R-Line derivative comes
standard with the 19-inch Suzuka alloy wheel.
The T-Roc is based on the modular transverse matrix
(MQB) meaning that the T-Roc offers a Golf-like level of ride comfort; it is 80millimetres
longer than the T-Cross and 162millimetres shorter than the Tiguan. When all
five seats are occupied, luggage space is 445 litres. The backrests can also be
folded down in a 60/40 split, yielding luggage capacity of up to 1 290 litres
and hardly any other SUV in this class offers such a spacious package.
The interior has been adapted to match the exterior
design. It has a robust SUV feel and modern treatment of surfaces. The
interplay between the Active Info Display and the specific infotainment system
creates a new, digital and interactive cockpit. To further enhance the
individual offering, the Design derivative, in addition to the standard
limestone grey dashboard colour, has a further three interior colours to choose
from, whilst on the R-Line derivative, the interior dashboard colour is Caribou
Grey. Ambient lighting, which is white for the Design derivative and red for
the R-Line derivative, completes the interior style design.
The T-Roc will come standard with Composition Media
radio and App-Connect. The Composition radio has an 8-inch colour touch screen
with two USB ports easily located in the centre console of the vehicle. App-Connect
makes it possible to connect your smartphone to the radio system which enables
the user to operate selected mobile phone apps from the touchscreen. In the
T-Roc App-Connect has been upgraded to Wireless App-Connect, meaning you no
longer need to connect your smartphone to the USB port in order to get this
functionality (this is only available with Discover Media system).In addition to being able to charge your
phone via the USB ports, the Composition Media radio also has the option for
compatible phones to be charged inductively. This mobile inductive charging
function is standard on the R-Line derivative. If integrated navigation is
required, Discover Media infotainment is available as an optional feature.
We Connect Go is also standard in the range and allows
T-Roc customers to pair their vehicle to their smartphone. The We-Connect Go
app functionality includes the following; vehicle data, access to the nearest
or preferred Volkswagen dealer, records for the tax logbook and gamification.
The instrument cluster can be fully digitalised with
the optional Active Info Display digital cluster. The high-resolution 11.7-inch
screen makes it possible to adapt instruments to personal needs in various
screen views. The interplay between the Active Info Display and the
infotainment system creates a new digital and interactive cockpit.
In addition to these safety features, I.Q Drive
technologies are also available on the T-Roc. The technologies support
Volkswagen’s journey to autonomous driving and represent the relevant driver
assistant systems which aid the parking, driving and security of the T-Roc. The I.Q Drive technologies included in the T-Roc are
Park Assist, Emergency Assist, Front Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive
Cruise Control and Lane Assist.
Emergency Assist which is standard on the T-Roc uses a
number of technologies in the car to assist the driver when they are unable to.
Traffic Jam Assist utilises functions from the
Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist to enable convenient and safe
stop-and-go driving in heavy traffic situations.
Front Assist uses sensors to detect situations where the
distance to the vehicle ahead is critical and it helps to shorten the vehicles
stopping distance. In dangerous situations, the system alerts the driver by
visual and audible signals.
Pedestrian Monitoring, which is a new offering, is an
extension of Front Assist. It utilises two sensors at the front to acquire
information from the front of the vehicle. If required, the vehicle will
trigger an audible and visual signal to warn the driver of obstructions and
could also brake the vehicle if required within system limits.
Lane Assist which is standard on the R-Line derivative
is activated via the multifunction steering wheel and active from 65km/h. If
the vehicle starts to depart from the lane, the Lane Assist will warn the
driver by means of an audible system, vibrating of the steering wheel or
corrective steering intervention.
The top-of-the-range T-Roc R-Line comes standard with
high-tech systems such as Front Assist area monitoring with City Emergency
Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
and the lane-keeping system Lane Assist. Also standard on the top-of-the-range
R-Line derivative are the Light Assist package, LED daytime running lights in
the bumper and dynamic cornering lights, 19-inch Suzuka alloy wheels, the
latest generation Active info display, Keyless entry, Mobile phone inductive
charging, Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and Vienna leather seats.
Optional features on all derivatives includes; the
panoramic sunroof, electronic trailer hitch, smoker’s package, Discover Pro
navigation system with a 9.2-inch screen, the Beats sound system and the Park
Two petrol engines
for the T-Roc model range
The new T-Roc can be ordered with a choice of two
efficient petrol engines at launch.
Customers have a choice of the 1.4 TSI 8-speed
Tiptronic engine with a power output of 110kW at 5 000 – 6 000rpm and torque of
250Nm. The entry-level engine reaches 0 – 100km/h in 8.4 seconds, has a fuel
consumption of 6.9l/100km and a top speed of 205km.
The 2.0 TSI engine with 7-speed DSG® and 4MOTION® is
the second engine in the range and has a power output of 140kW and torque of
320Nm. It takes just 7.2 seconds to go from 0 – 100km, with the top speed being
216km. The fuel consumption on this engine is 8.3l/100km.
The Volkswagen T-Roc comes standard with a 3 year/120
000km warranty, 5 year/ 90 000km Volkswagen Service Plan and a 12-year
anti-corrosion warranty. Service interval is 15 000km.
The T-Roc 1.4TSI 110kW Tiptronic Design and 2.0TSI
140kW 4MOTION® DSG® R-Line will officially go on sale in South Africa, Namibia
and Botswana from November 2020. The 2.0TSI 140kW 4MOTION® DSG® Design derivative
will go on sale in January 2020.
Due to the volatility of exchange rates in the last
few months, Volkswagen South Africa will only announce pricing for the T-Roc range
in August 2020.