Till now, the SUVs offered by Volkswagen in India, were the Tiguan, and the Tiguan Allspace. These SUVs were priced above Rs. 28 lakhs and it was necessary for Volkswagen to introduce more SUVs in the Indian market. Because let’s face it, above the 28 lakh mark, you can rarely stand up to the likes of the Fortuner.
So, VW had to tap the segment below too. It was a huge gap both in terms of a new car launch and the segment. The new suv launched by them is called the T-Roc, and price vise this car will be placed below the Tiguan. Priced at an introductory price of 19.99 lakhs (ex showroom pan India) the T-Roc has been imported to India as a CBU and it will be competing with cars such as the Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and the upcoming Skoda Karoq. In fact, the top-end Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta also go in competition with this one.
Volkswagen says that the word ‘T-Roc’ has a certain significance. The T from T-Roc refers to the suv nomenclature of Volkswagen, and the Roc has been taken from the english word, ‘rock’ which is representative of the car’s positioning. In all, what the name suggests is that the T-Roc is a car which is capable of rocking it’s SUV segment. Whether this works for Volkswagen, only time will tell.
Available only in one variant, the T-Roc has a comprehensive list of features which might set it apart from the competitors. With the T-Roc you get full LED headlamps and tail lights, daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control, and a panoramic sunroof. What needs to be particularly praised is the 26.03 cm Active Info Display (digital speedometer), and the 20.32 infotainment system which makes the cabin seem like a virtual cockpit
Volkswagen has also provided us with an app called Volkswagen WeConnectGo which provides the owner of the car with all the paramount information of their car making the owner aware of the mileage, driving patterns, service intervals and more.
These are just some of the many features that are offered by the T-Roc, and what makes this car an even better deal is it’s engine. The T-Roc is powered by a 1.5 liter TSI which makes 150 horsepower, which allows the car to sprint from 0-100 in just 8.4 seconds. Furthermore, the T-Roc can touch a top speed of 205 km/hr, which is representative of the fact that not only can this SUV take on the bad roads, but it can also take on the open straights.
While delivering in the speed and features department, Volkswagen has made sure that the inhabitants within the car are safe whilst driving. The T-Roc has earned a 5 star EURO NCAP rating, along with which the car has 6 airbags, ABS, ESC, a tire monitoring system and a reverse camera as well.
The T-Roc is 4342 mm long, 1819 mm in width, 1573 mm in height and it’s wheelbase is 2590 mm. On comparing these dimensions with the Compass and Tucson, the T-Roc loses out in length, wheelbase and width to the Tucson and loses out to the Compass in length and wheelbase. For customers who are looking for space, they would have to look elsewhere.
The T-Roc will be offered in six colour options, Pure White, Ravenna Blue, Energetic Orange, and Indium Grey. Moreover, five of these colours will be provided with a dual tone blacked out roof, while the Deep Black Pearl will be a single body coloured option.
All in all, the T-Roc looks like a very well rounded package, and this can be proven by the fact that it already has more than 300 bookings. Could the T-Roc truly rock this segment, or will it lose its spotlight to it’s competitors, I guess we will find out soon.