|Volkswagen T-Roc (A11/AC7)|
|Production||November 2017 – present|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Subcompact crossover SUV (B)|
|Body style||5-door SUV|
2-door convertible SUV
Front-engine, all-wheel-drive (4Motion)
|Platform||Volkswagen Group MQB A1|
|Wheelbase||2,590 mm (102.0 in)|
2,630 mm (103.5 in) (cabriolet)
2,680 mm (105.5 in) (China)
|Length||4,234 mm (166.7 in)|
4,268 mm (168.0 in) (cabriolet)
4,318–4,326 mm (170.0–170.3 in) (China)
|Width||1,819 mm (71.6 in)|
|Height||1,573 mm (61.9 in)|
1,522 mm (59.9 in) (cabriolet)
1,582 mm (62.3 in) (China)
|Curb weight||1,270–1,555 kg (2,800–3,428 lb)|
Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (Mk6)
Volkswagen Beetle convertible
The Volkswagen T-Roc is a subcompact crossover SUV (B-segment) manufactured by German automaker Volkswagen. It is based on the Volkswagen Group MQB A1 platform, and generally has been considered as the SUV equivalent of the Golf. The T-Roc sits below the Tiguan and above the slightly smaller T-Cross. The T-Roc made its worldwide debut on 23 August 2017 as Volkswagen's fourth SUV in the European market.
The T-Roc was unveiled as a concept car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It is designed with an aggressive design and an all-wheel drive. Originally, it was said that the T-Roc was purely a concept, and that instead it would be used to test out concepts for future Volkswagen SUVs. Volkswagen says that the car is relatively light because of the way it is constructed.
The production version of the T-Roc for the European market was launched in Italy on 23 August 2017. It is the first Volkswagen SUV to sit in the B-SUV segment. The T-Roc uses the MQB platform and is closely related with the Volkswagen Golf, SEAT León, Audi A3, and the Škoda Octavia. It employs a MacPherson strut front suspension and, depending on the engine and drive system, either a torsion beam or multi-link rear suspension in combination with optional adaptive dampers.
Previewed earlier as the Volkswagen T-Rocstar concept, the T-Roc was unveiled to the Chinese market on 23 March 2018 and went on sale on 30 July 2018. The Chinese version of the T-Roc is larger than the European one, having the wheelbase longer by 90 mm, length by 84 mm, and its height taller by 9 mm. It is equipped with two 1.4-litre TSI engine options with either 130 PS (128 hp; 96 kW) or 150 PS (148 hp; 110 kW), and an entry-level 1.2-litre TSI engine producing 115 PS (113 hp; 85 kW). The powertrains are mated with the 5-speed manual transmission, the DQ200 7-speed dry dual clutch transmission for two wheel-drive versions and the DQ381 7-speed wet dual clutch transmission for all-wheel-drive versions.
A high performance version of the T-Roc was launched as the T-Roc R in February 2019. It shared the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with the Golf R, making 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) and 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft). It is offered with 4Motion all-wheel-drive carried over from the Golf R as standard. With a new suspension setup, it is also 20 mm (0.8 in) lower than the standard car.
The T-Roc Cabriolet was launched in Germany in April 2020 as VW’s first convertible model for two years. Despite being based on the standard SUV model, the T-Roc Cabriolet does not share many body panels with the standard T-Roc, since everything behind the front wheel arches is new, with a longer wheelbase. Then it loses two rear side doors and the B-pillar makes way in order to make the folding fabric hood possible. To deal with the loss of rigidity caused by the absent roof and B-pillar, the chassis has been strengthened with new crossbeams, and the A-pillar has been reinforced.
The roof mechanism is hidden behind the bodywork next to the rear seats, so the rear seat can only accommodate two passengers. Instead of a wide-opening tailgate, the boot is accessed by a smaller gap. The boot is smaller with only 284 litres available, a reduction of 161 litres over the standard version. The fabric roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 30 km/h (19 mph), taking only nine seconds to retract at the press of a button and 11 seconds to raise it. The mechanism for the roof is taken from the old Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet, and the soft top canvas is only available in black.
VW narrowed down the engine range of the wider T-Roc crossover line-up to just two petrol engine options for the cabriolet, 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, developing 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit producing 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp). It is only offered in just two trim levels, which are Design and R-Line. This variant is assembled in Volkswagen plant in Osnabrück, Germany as the plant is a convertible specialist in terms of designing and manufacturing.
It was reported that Volkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess was dismissive and derisive of the idea of a convertible SUV, believing any vehicle in the segment will not be successful just months before announcing the T-Roc Cabriolet.
In Europe, there are a variety of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines offered. For petrol engines, there are 1.0-litre TSI 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) turbo, 1.5-litre TSI Evo 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) with cylinder deactivation, the 2.0-litre TSI 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) petrol and the range-topping 2.0-litre TSI 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) for the T-Roc R. All petrol engines come with a 6-speed manual except the 2.0-litre TSI, which has a 7-speed DSG transmission, while it is available as an option with the 1.5-litre TSI Evo engine. 4Motion four-wheel drive is also standard with the 2.0-litre TSI. Diesel engines available are the 1.6 TDI 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) with a 6-speed manual or 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
|1.0 TSI 115||999 cc I3||115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp)||200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual||Europe|
|1.2 TSI '200 TSI'†||1,197 cc I4||115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp)||175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft)||5-speed manual||China|
|1.4 TSI '250 TSI'†||1,395 cc I4||130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp)||225 N⋅m (166 lb⋅ft)||7-speed DSG||China|
|1.4 TSI '280 TSI'†||1,395 cc I4||150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)||7-speed DSG||China|
|1.5 TSI 150||1,498 cc I4||150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG||Europe|
|2.0 TSI 190 4Motion||1,984 cc I4||190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)||320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)||7-speed DSG||Europe|
|2.0 TSI 4Motion (T-Roc R)||1,984 cc I4||300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp)||400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)||7-speed DSG||Europe|
|1.6 TDI 115||1,598 cc I4||115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp)||250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)||6-speed manual||Europe|
|2.0 TDI 150 SCR 4Motion||1,968 cc I4||150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp)||320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)||7-speed DSG||Europe|
† Marketed and labeled as such in China
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