CERNOBBIO, Italy -- The Volkswagen brand is counting on the T-Roc, a latecomer to the booming crossover market, to set the benchmark in its class.
The T-Roc will be positioned as VW's second offering in the compact crossover and SUV segment, where it will be sold alongside the larger Tiguan. At 4234mm long, the T-Roc is 252mm shorter than the Tiguan.
"With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities and will give our SUV offensive added momentum," VW brand CEO Herbert Diess said at the light truck’s unveiling here Wednesday.
The T-Roc brings a very expressive, even "sassy" design to the streets, VW design chief Klaus Bischoff said.
VW said the T-Roc will be priced in the 20,000-euro class in its German home market.
It will have front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive options, along with engines and technology currently available in VW's best-seller, the Golf and in the Tiguan. Automatic braking at low speeds to avoid a collision and lane keeping will be standard. Adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist are among the T-Roc's safety equipment options.
The T-Roc's luggage capacity -- 445 liters rising to 1,290 liters with the rear seats down -- is among the best in its class, VW said.
The infotainment system can be used with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Engine options are three gasoline and three diesel units.