Volkswagen T-Roc Compact SUV Likely to Reach India

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The T-Roc is the smallest SUV to sit in VW’s global lineup.

Volkswagen has unveiled the much-awaited T-Roc tiny crossover at an event in Italy. Based on the MQB platform, the T-Roc inherits the ‘new-age’ styling cues of VW SUVs, the Tiguan and the VW Atlas/ Teramont in particular. The launched car is scheduled to go on sale in Europe this November for an expected price of around €20,000 (INR 15,11,655), also reaching other global markets including India in the years to come.

How sure about Indian launch? Well, at the world premiere of the car, VW’s sales and marketing (passenger car) executive Mr. Jurgen Stackmann has specifically indicated that this type (VW T-Roc) of compact crossovers are gaining huge importance in markets like Brazil, India, Russia, and USA. This is significant, it is quite likely that the new car is at least considered for the Indian market. Meanwhile, sometime in September, VW India’s board of management is reviewing a proposal to bring in the MQB platform into India. The T-Roc is slotted below the Tiguan SUV, which is already available in India.

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The T-Roc sports a stark bi-colour garb, while the expressive VW DNA styling is quite evident. Take for instance, the larger and wider 3-slat grille that is flanked by uniquely-designed LED headlamps. Or the massive air intakes up on the bumper and chunky wheel arches – it all tells you that this is a quintessential VW but with a born-to-be-SUV attitude. Interiors are kept classy and simple, with all-digital instrumentation and infotainment systems, including a 11.3 inch active info display right behind the steering wheel.

In terms of engine options, Volkswagen has conformed three petrol engines and three diesel engines for the T-Roc. Each of the engines will be mated to either a manual or 7 speed DSG gearbox. An all wheel drive option is also on the list.

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Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Editorial consultant (Automotive and Technology), academic, and blogger based in India. He can be reached at

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