T-Roc

INTRODUCTION

  • T-Roc compact SUV enters new market segment for Volkswagen
  • Five-door T-Roc offers, space, style, safety and practicality
  • Style and personalisation options mark out Volkswagen’s bold new car

Volkswagen is shaking up the SUV sector with the arrival of its stylish new compact SUV: the T-Roc.

The T-Roc sees Volkswagen enter a new market segment with this sporty model. Sitting beneath the established and extremely popular Tiguan SUV, and above the forthcoming new T-Cross small SUV, the T-Roc represents a key element of Volkswagen’s ongoing SUV offensive.

A wide and long stance allied to a relatively low roofline and steeply raked C-pillar underscore not only the T-Roc’s sporting style but also its dynamic and engaging ride and handling characteristics.

T-Roc measures 4,234 mm long (252 mm shorter than the Tiguan), and it has a 2,590 mm wheelbase. The SUV’s width is 1,819 mm (excluding door mirrors), and its height is 1,573 mm. For comparison, the current Golf measures 4,255 mm long, 1,799 mm wide (excluding mirrors), 1,452 mm high, and has a wheelbase of 2,637 mm.

Luggage space in the five-seat T-Roc is generous. Indeed the five-seat car has one of largest luggage compartments in its class – measuring up to 445 litres when loaded up to the top of the second row seat backrests. With spare wheel in place, the T-Roc’s load capacity is 366 litres for two-wheel drive cars, or 324 litres for 4MOTION-equipped cars.

Its styling is also defined by its short overhangs: (831 mm front, 800 mm rear) and large track widths of 1,546 mm (front) and 1,541 mm (rear).

Discussing the T-Roc’s distinctive looks Volkswagen Head of Design, Klaus Bischoff, said: “Volkswagen has created another authentic SUV with the new T-Roc. In launching this crossover we are also bringing a very expressive, even ‘sassy’, design to the streets. This emotional component makes it likeable. The T-Roc is therefore equally well suited for the urban world as it is for great adventures.”

When all versions are available to order, in Spring 2018, the T-Roc will be offered in S, SE, Design, SEL and R-Line trims, with a generous standard specification throughout.

Standard-fit items across the range include 2Zone electronic climate control; Composition Media infotainment system with eight-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, DAB radio reception, USB connectivity and charging, and 6 x 20W speakers; minimum 16-inch alloy wheels and extensive passive and active safety equipment.

Personalisation and style are key elements of the new car’s appeal, and Volkswagen in the UK offers an expansive range of colour, trim and equipment options.

Design models, in particular, offer a wide variety of styling features, and enhanced choice. Aside from advanced features such as chrome-effect trapezoid exhaust tailpipe surrounds left and right, the T-Roc Design offers a choice of contrasting roof, A-pillar and door mirror housing colours; rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards; and sport-styled bumpers with silver-metallic underbody protection.

Inside, Design models provide a choice of coloured dashpad and interior door panels alongside standard-fit features such as ambient lighting in the front footwells and light strips below the front door trims.

Meanwhile Volkswagen interface designers have further developed the Active Info Display (10.3-inch display diagonal) and its high-quality graphics (133 dpi) for new T-Roc, elevating the range of functions to a whole new level. Standard on SEL models, and optionally available on other T-Rocs (excluding S), the new Active Info Display now offers an interplay with the car’s specific infotainment system to create a digital and interactive cockpit.

The systems have been customised for a maximum range of online services via smartphone and Volkswagen Car-Net. The phone and media library have also been integrated optimally. Both of these functions can be displayed and controlled via the Active Info Display, as well as via the infotainment system.

The 8.0-inch infotainment systems can be extended with App Connect (integrated MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ from Google). In addition, Volkswagen also offers the ‘Security & Service’ package in the new T-Roc which provides support in a wide variety of situations. Highlights include Emergency Service, Automatic Accident Notification and Roadside Assistance.

In conjunction with Discover Navigation, various online services can also be used via ‘Guide & Inform’. They include Online POI search, Online destination import, Filling station (location and price), News, Car park (location and price), Weather and Online traffic information.

Like its larger Tiguan sibling, the new T-Roc will in time be offered with a broad range of turbocharged engines: three petrol engines (TSI) and two diesels (TDI) units, with – depending on engine choice – the option of manual or DSG automatic gearboxes and in front- or 4MOTION all-wheel drive formats.

Every all-wheel drive version of the T-Roc also has 4MOTION Active Control. The system is operated via 4MOTION Active Control on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various pop-up menus. When the rotary switch is turned to the left, one of the two on-road profiles is activated: ‘Street’ and ‘Snow’.

When the switch is turned to the right, the two off-road modes are available: ‘Offroad’ (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or ‘Offroad Individual’ (variable settings). 4MOTION Active Control adapts relevant assistance systems to the driving situation in seconds.

Driving Profile Selection is also included as standard in SEL and R-Line models. It allows the driver to individually control – depending on standard and optional equipment available – parameters for the DSG transmission; automatic air conditioning; electromechanical power steering; Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Five profiles – Comfort, Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual – are available. For models with front-wheel drive, Driving Profile Selection can be specified as an option, depending on trim level.

Petrol engines:
1.0 TSI, 115 PS, 200 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI, 150 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI, 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI, 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION
2.0 TSI, 190 PS, 320 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION

Diesel engines:
1.6 TDI, 115 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI, 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI, 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed manual, 4MOTION
2.0 TDI, 150 PS, 340 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive

From 3 October 2017, in the initial launch phase, the following precise T-Roc engine and trim levels have been available to order across the UK:

SE 1.0 TSI, 115 PS, 6-speed manual
SE 1.5 TSI EVO, 150 PS, 6-speed manual

Design 1.0 TSI, 115 PS, 6-speed manual
Design 1.5 TSI EVO, 150 PS, 6-speed manual

SEL 1.5 TSI EVO, 150 PS, 6-speed manual
SEL 2.0 TSI, 190 PS, 4MOTION 7-speed DSG

Subsequent waves of engine, transmission and trim combinations will be released for order through 2018. 

In its most potent 2.0 TSI 190 PS form, and mated to a 7-speed DSG, the T-Roc will sprint from rest to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 134 mph. Meanwhile, the 1.0 TSI 115 PS-equipped car will offer 55.4 mpg* on the EU’s combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 117 g/km. 

The new T-Roc is based on Volkswagen’s impressively flexible modular transverse matrix (MQB). All of the brand's MQB models – currently ranging from the forthcoming new Polo to the US-built Atlas SUV – are characterised by their dynamic proportions and generous interior space which results from the axles being ‘pushed outward’ towards the front and rear. 

In its market segment, the T-Roc is in a league of its own when it comes to its assistance systems. By virtue of its MQB architecture, standard features on all T-Roc vehicles include: Automatic Post-Collision Braking; the active lane keeping system Lane Assist; the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring; and City Emergency Braking.

All T-Roc Design models are also equipped with the Driver Alert System. Other options include eleven additional assistance systems. An overview of the assistance systems is:

  • Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (active from 18 mph to 130 mph with manual gearbox, 0 to 130 mph with DSG) 
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display (available during 2018)
  • Rear View camera system
  • Lane change system with Rear Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitor lane change system (available early 2018)
  • Lane Assist lane keeping system
  • Park Assist park-steering assistant with manoeuvre braking function
  • Traffic Jam Assist (available early 2018)
  • Emergency Assist (available early 2018)
  • Proactive occupant protection system
  • Driver Alert System
  • Light Assist main-beam control system

High end options available for the new T-Roc (depending on trim level) include an electrically operated tailgate; electrically operated sliding/tilting panoramic sunroof; ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery; wireless smartphone charging**; and a 400-watt, six-speaker, audio system by BeatsAudio. 

Commenting on the debut of new T-Roc in UK Retailer showrooms the Director of Volkswagen UK, Alison Jones, said: “The arrival of T-Roc marks a major step in our brand’s ongoing SUV offensive. It is stunning to look at, and contains all the tech you would expect in a car today.

“The level of interest we have seen in this exciting new car has been unprecedented. I’m sure it will mark a significant step in Volkswagen’s ongoing expansion and growth in the UK, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the first customer cars on the road here in January 2018.”  

* Fuel consumption and CO? figures are obtained under standardised EU test conditions (Directive 93/116/EEC). This allows a direct comparison between different manufacturer models but may not represent the actual fuel consumption achieved in ‘real world’ driving conditions. More information is available on the Volkswagen website at www.volkswagen.co.uk and at www.dft.gov.uk/vca

** Compatible phone handset required

SUMMARY

  • Compact outside, capacious inside: this full five-seat car has one of largest luggage compartments in its class (up to 445 litres when loaded up to the second seat row and the tops of the seat backrests)
  • Efficient technology: five TSI (petrol) or TDI (turbo diesel) engine options for new T-Roc. All are Euro VI compliant and the petrol line-up includes the use of the new 1.5 TSI EVO petrol (150 PS) with ACT Active Cylinder Technology to deliver cylinder deactivation
  • Gearbox options are latest generation six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG units
  • Drive is front- or all-wheel (4MOTION), depending on engine choice
  • The most potent new T-Rocs are equipped with either a 2.0 TSI (190 PS) petrol powerplant mated to a seven-speed DSG, or a 2.0 TDI (150 PS) allied to the same version of the DSG gearbox. Both are all-wheel drive 4MOTION models as standard
  • New T-Roc offers premium segment technology such as the use of second generation Active Info Display as well high-end infotainment and state-of-the-art assistance systems
  • The spectrum of assistance systems in the T-Roc showcases Volkswagen’s expertise in technology with the likes of Front Assist featuring Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking; Blind Spot Detection, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control; Traffic Jam Assist; Emergency Assist; Lane Assist and Park Assist all available
  • Other technology highlights include the availability of LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights; Dynamic Chassis Control and Driver Personalisation which offers the option to save individual settings for more than 100 infotainment, convenience, and assistance system parameters (subject to the relevant features being installed in the car). These settings are activated by the driver’s personal key
  • Personalisation is further elevated courtesy of a variety of bold exterior colours; contrasting roof and pillar colours; contrasting dashpad decors; and various interior trim versions
  • The new model line opened for order in the UK in October 2017, with first customer deliveries taking place in December of the same year
  • Worldwide, Volkswagen assumes that over the next ten years the annual global sales volume of the small SUV sector will grow from around 6.4 million units today to around 10.6 million
  • Volkswagen UK is planning for the T-Roc to make a significant contribution to its performance, quickly joining Golf (72,762 sales in 2016) and Polo (54,448 sales in 2016) in the top tier of Volkswagen models
  • As many as eight out of ten T-Roc models sold in the UK are expected to be petrol-powered, and three quarters of T-Roc sales are anticipated to be to private buyers. The new model will be available with front- or 4MOTION all-wheel drive
  • The best-selling T-Roc in the UK is expected to the be the 1.0 TSI 115 PS SE 6spd manual
  • T-Roc will arrive in the Volkswagen UK Retailer network in December 2017 with a starting price of £18,950 for the entry-level S model
  • When all versions are available, the T-Roc will be offered in S, SE, Design, SEL and R-Line trims in UK with a generous standard specification throughout
  • Standard-fit items across the range include 2Zone electronic climate control; Composition Media infotainment system with eight-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, DAB radio reception, USB connectivity and charging, and 6 x 20W speakers; minimum 16-inch alloy wheels and extensive passive and active safety equipment
  • High end options available for the new T-Roc (depending on trim level) include an electrically operated tailgate; electrically operated sliding/tilting panoramic sunroof; ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery; wireless smartphone charging (compatible handset); and a 400-watt, six-speaker, audio system by BeatsAudio 
  • T-Roc was previewed by the T-Roc Concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014
  • Competitor cars include the Nissan Qashqai; Vauxhall Mokka X; Renault Kadjar; Toyota CH-R; MINI Countryman and Audi Q2 
  • Total Volkswagen sales in the UK last year (2016), including CV models, were 207,020
  • The Volkswagen T-Roc is built at the brand’s Palmela plant near Lisbon, Portugal

 

MARKET INFORMATION
The new T-Roc competes in the European J segment for ‘compact SUVs’ and sits above the forthcoming T-Cross SUV and below the Tiguan and Touareg models in the Volkswagen passenger cars line-up. The car is a rival to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Vauxhall Mokka X, Renault Kadjar, MINI Countryman and Audi Q2.

The T-Roc model line-up has been designed to offer more choice and bespoke personalisation options than any Volkswagen SUV before it. The newly-created Design trim, in particular, offers a broad array of interior and exterior colour and trim options to allow T-Roc owners very significant personalisation of their new car.

The T-Roc range launches in the UK across three engine waves, beginning in October 2017 and running through to May 2018.   

The fleet/retail split for T-Roc in the UK is predicated to be broadly: 75% retail/25% fleet. The best-selling model across all channels is anticipated at launch to be the T-Roc Design 1.0 TSI 115 PS 6spd manual. 

Production
The T-Roc is manufactured at Volkswagen’s Setúbal plant near Lisbon in Portugal. Formed in 1991, it began operations in 1995. Around 3,300 employees work at the Setúbal location, and up to around 475 vehicles can be produced there every day.

Today the Volkswagen Sharan and SEAT Alhambra are produced alongside the new T-Roc at the plant.

When it was established in 1995, the Autoeuropa plant at Setúbal was the largest foreign industrial investment in Portugal. The plant covers the entire automotive value chain, from press shop to body construction and paint shop, right up to final assembly. 

MQB PLATFORM
As with a growing number of Volkswagen brand and Group models, the new T-Roc uses as its base the Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix.

The introduction of the MQB strategy with the arrival of Golf VII in 2012 represented a turning point in the design and production of future automobiles with transverse-mounted engines as it standardised many vehicle component parameters – across brands and vehicle classes – and at the same time, it offered access to new technologies.

The MQB currently extends from the A0 to the B segment. At the Volkswagen brand, for example, it covers the following models: new Polo, updated Golf, Touran, Tiguan, forthcoming Tiguan Allspace, Passat, Atlas/Teramont and, now, T-Roc. Thus all of these models could theoretically be produced on the same assembly line – despite their different wheelbases and track widths. It is also possible to produce MQB models of different brands together.

One of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines. Two systems integrated in the MQB strategy which play a key role here are the modular petrol (MOB) and diesel (MDB) engine systems.

By introducing these engine series, the number of engine and gearbox variants offered by the Group has been reduced by around 90 per cent, without restricting choice. In addition to standardising conventional internal combustion engines, the MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative drive concepts without limitations – from natural gas and hybrid versions to pure electric drive.

EXTERIOR DESIGN
The design of the T-Roc follows a new expressive Volkswagen SUV DNA, which is similar to that of the Tiguan, new Tiguan Allspace and, in the US, the Atlas, as well as China’s Teramont model.

T-Roc brings authentic off-road elements into harmony with dynamism and urban style. The design of each new Volkswagen SUV will be interpreted individually based on this DNA. All of the brand’s SUV models are characterised by a form that is clearly unique to their product and market segment.

The T-Roc illustrates this very well. It excites with a progressive design that clearly identifies as 'the T-Roc'. At the same time, however, it obviously remains a part of the Volkswagen family.

Volkswagen Head of Design, Klaus Bischoff: “We have created another authentic SUV with the new T-Roc. This car shows its underlying dominance. At the same time, however, in launching this crossover we are also bringing a very expressive and quite bold design to the streets. This emotional component makes it likeable. The T-Roc is therefore equally well suited for the urban world as it is for great adventures.”

Visually and technically, the crossover injects a powerful dose of dynamism into the compact segment. Klaus Bischoff again: “For me, the T-Roc is an SUV milestone because it enriches the segment with an entirely unique and sporty style.”

The T-Roc is positioned in the segment beneath the Tiguan. Like that car, and the Atlas or Teramont, the T-Roc is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Although these models share the same structural platform, they each have a completely independent body and interior layout. Thanks to MQB, the development team has able to implement very dynamic proportions in the  new T-Roc.

The crossover model is 4,234 mm long (252 mm shorter than the Tiguan), and it has a 2,590 mm wheelbase. The SUV's width is 1,819 mm (without exterior mirrors), and its height is 1,573 mm (4MOTION: 1,572 mm). The relatively large width in comparison to the rather low roof structure underscores the vehicle's dynamic proportions. At the same time, the body’s somewhat lower centre of gravity compared to other SUVs optimises handling properties.

Its styling is also defined by its short overhangs: (831 mm front, 800 mm rear) and large track widths of 1,546 mm (front) and 1,541 mm (rear).

Front view
Charismatic design elements dominate in the T-Roc, whose shape is both avant-garde and expressive. At the front, the key elements are the wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual headlights.

Higher spec versions of the headlights use LED technology, while the headlight housings have an extremely low-profile design. This was enabled by separate housings in the bumper, each containing the indicator, daytime running lights and cornering lights. This repositioned light signature makes the T-Roc unmistakable at night.

A narrow chrome strip separates the radiator grille and headlights from the bonnet that is deliberately large, in classic SUV style. Moving downward, the combination of radiator grille and headlights is framed by a wider chrome accent; this lateral element spans the entire front end. The chrome accent, radiator grille and headlights together underscore the width and dominance of the T-Roc.

The bumper cross panel is also distinctive; it is painted in body colour and, as mentioned, it integrates the LED daytime running lights and indicators. There are two versions of these light modules.

The base version contains horizontal LED daytime running light units, and above them the indicators. In the higher spec version, the daytime running lights and indicator lights are formed by a single round LED element. The white daytime running lights switch to an orange colour for the indicators. In this configuration, the fog lights with cornering lights are located in the plastic surfaces on the sides of the bumper.

Side view
The lines of the T-Roc’s long, extended side profile are highlighted by a distinctive chrome element. It is a standard feature across the range that upgrades every version of the T-Roc, extending from the A-pillars over the entire side roof line and into the C-pillars. The latter are swept back, coupé-like. Together with the chrome trim strips, they lend the side profile a uniquely dynamic character, with a form reminiscent of that of a coupé.

This effect is further reinforced when the T-Roc is ordered in a bi-colour design. The new model is the first Volkswagen SUV that can be ordered in a two-tone finish with a visually contrasting roof section (including A-pillars and exterior mirror housings).

Taken together, the chrome strip, additional design lines on the roof, a roofline that descends coupé-like towards the rear, distinctive C-pillars and bi-colour paint make the T-Roc appear lower than it actually is.

Connecting to the area beneath the window surfaces is the character line. This sharp undercut meets the muscular wheel arches.  A strong shoulder section has been created in the radius of the rear wheel arch.

Rugged dark plastic, wrap-around, off-road trim pieces protect the body in the area of the wheel arches, the side sills and the front and rear body.

Rear view
The horizontal layout of the T-Roc’s rear is structured over three levels. Viewed from top to bottom there is the roof transition including the rear window; then there is the middle surface with LED tail lights in 3D design, the Volkswagen badge and central T-Roc signature in chrome; finally, there is the bumper area.

This three-level structure gives the SUV a lower, wider and more sporting look. At the top on the left and right, the boot lid is framed by the chrome accents of the C-pillars. Towards the rear, the C-pillars are completely under the glass of the tinted rear window, which creates a strong impression of width.

The styling of the rear bumper is just as distinctive as that of the front bumper. Upward and to the sides it frames the rear hatch. On the sides of the bumper there are black plastic  elements  (in  honeycomb  design)  and  reflectors  on  the  painted surface. On the lower-most level are the exhaust pipe trims towards the sides (in chrome look, depending on trim level) and a diffuser in the middle.

On the T-Roc Design the entire roof, including the A-pillars and exterior mirrors, may optionally be painted in one of four contrasting colours: Deep Black, Pure White, Red, or Dark Oak Brown Metallic.

In addition, ten different conventional paints are available for all versions of the SUV. The range of 11 exterior colours comprises Deep Black, Pure White, Dark Oak Brown Metallic, White Silver Metallic, Turmeric Yellow Metallic, Energetic Orange Metallic, Indium Grey Metallic, Urano Grey, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Flash Red and Ravenna Blue.

Entry level versions of the T-Roc come equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels. The Design and SE come with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, while R-Line models feature 19-inch wheels. The T-Roc Design gets Mayfield wheels with 215/55 R 17 tyres. The T-Roc SE comes from the factory with Kulmbach wheels, which also have 215/55 tyres.

Optional 16-inch Chester alloy wheels are available for the T-Roc S, which comes with 215/60 sized tyres.

Four types of 17-inch alloy wheel are also available. For the T-Roc SE, the standard silver

Kulmbach wheels can be ordered in an exclusive Adamantium Silver finish. For the T-Roc Design and SE, Volkswagen offers the standard Mayfield wheel in three personalised versions with three colours: in Atlantic Blue, in Black with a polished surface and in Black with Glaze Orange paint.

The largest wheels for the two top trim levels are the 19-inch Suzuka alloys familiar from the Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line.

INTERIOR DESIGN
The form and function of the T-Roc interior has been redefined for the digital era. A highlight is the integration of a greater number of digital display elements and controls. For instance, the T-Roc can be ordered with the new generation of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) as an option.

The car also features state-of-the-art infotainment systems, with displays of up to 8.0 inches in size. The designers’ goal inside was to make all the T-Roc’s on-board elements as clear and intuitive as possible.

The T-Roc development and design team utilised the wheelbase, which is conspicuously long in relation to the car's overall length, to create a lot of space inside for up to five occupants. The driver and passengers have high seating positions. In front, the seat height above the road is at least 572 mm, and at the rear it measures 618 mm.

If all five seats are occupied, luggage space when loaded up to the top edge of the rear seat backrests totals up to 445 litres – currently the best figure in the segment. The rear seat backrests can be folded with a 60/40 split; when folded this boosts the cargo capacity to as much as 1,290 litres.

The T-Roc’s dash panel features a crystal-clear horizontal structure. The instruments form a viewing and control axis together with the infotainment system which is relatively high and   is, therefore, optimally ergonomic.

The infotainment system has been purposely positioned at the highest point on the dashboard, and in the version with an 8.0-inch display it has a large, glass-encased surface. This gives it a sophisticated look similar to that of a tablet screen. The instruments and the infotainment system are integrated in a decorative surface that runs from left to right through the dashboard.

Depending on specific equipment, this accent might have a dark finish or be painted in a contrasting colour which co-ordinates with the trim of the seats. The colour accents are repeated in the door trim, according to the configured options. Rugged, cleanly-designed door pulls and armrests as well as large storage areas complete the door inserts. White or red ambient lighting may also feature, depending on trim level and option choice.

The surround of the T-Roc’s centre console shares the same colour as the accents found on the dashboard. Integrated here, over three horizontal levels, are important vehicle functions (start/stop system, ESC, hazard warning lights button, Park Assist functions) as well as the climate control functions and seat heating.

Directly beneath the climate control panel is the storage box for smartphones with two clearly seen and easily accessible USB ports, and optional inductive wireless charging and external aerial interface.

Located on the centre console behind the gear knob in the all-wheel drive version is the intuitively operated multifunction switch for Volkswagen’s 4MOTION Active Control.

Volkswagen interface designers have systematically developed the Active Info Display (10.3-inch display diagonal) and its high-quality graphics (133 dpi) and elevated the range of functions to a new level. The interplay between the Active Info Display and the T-Roc’s infotainment system creates a new digital and interactive cockpit.

Standard equipment across all T-Roc versions includes the glass-encased 8.0-inch Composition Media system with CD player. The range-topping system with an 8.0-inch display – Discover Navigation – also glass-encased, comes with a navigation module.

The Active Info Display and infotainment system together offer a maximum range of online services and apps via smartphone and Volkswagen Car-Net. The phone and media library have also been integrated smoothly. Not only can these two functions be displayed and controlled via the infotainment system, but also now via the Active Info Display. The 8.0-inch infotainment systems can be extended with App-Connect (integrated MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ from Google – standard from SE trim).  In  addition, Volkswagen also offers its ‘Security &  Service’ service package in the new T-Roc (standard from SE trim) which provides assistance in a wide variety of situations. Highlights include Emergency Call Service, Automatic Accident Notification and    Breakdown Call. In conjunction with Discover Media, various online services can also be used via ‘Guide & Inform’. They include Online POI Search, Online Destination Import, Filling Stations (location and price), News, Parking Spaces (location, and price), Weather and Online Traffic Information.

Active Info Display
The T-Roc’s optional Active Info Display is a new development. The second generation of Volkswagen’s digital instrument system is distinguished by an 10.3-inch display (diagonal), high-quality graphics (133 dpi; resolution 1,280 x 480 pixels) and a significantly extended range of functions. As a result, the display offers better graphic performance, higher pixel density, greater brightness and contrast, more intense colours and fewer conventional indicator lamps. Using a ‘View button’ on the multifunction steering wheel, the driver can now also switch between three basic layouts, easily and quickly.

The high-quality graphics convey a new look and feel, via their progressive design. The crucial aspect here is that Volkswagen has fundamentally redefined fully digital instruments. The interface designers have worked to utilise the digital display to integrate additional information options into the instruments.

The graphics of the round instruments (dials), such as the rev counter and speedometer follow the appearance of their analogue counterparts. At the next stage of digital instruments, however, the interface designers have departed from the analogue look entirely and created a consistently digitalised world of instruments.

The engineers have developed three basic digital layouts between which the driver can toggle with the ‘View’ button:

  • A view with two dials, one for the rev counter and one for the speedometer
  • A digital view without dials
  • A digital view without dials but with supplemental information. This supplemental information can be configured via the infotainment system.

For example, in the ‘classic’ view with two dials, the readout is organised as follows: on the left border of the instruments is the vertical engine temperature gauge, and on the right border the vertical fuel tank gauge. The left dial shows the rev counter, and the engaged gear is shown in the middle. The representation of engine speed is interactive, too, thus whenever the next 1,000 rev ‘step’ is reached, it is shown with a large figure for example. The same applies to the right dial of the speedometer. The current speed is shown as an enlarged figure.

This type of display makes it much easier to take in the information at a glance. It is also possible to have the precise speedometer reading shown together with a lot of other information, if desired. For instance, information such as album covers and song details from the media library might be displayed in the middle of the screen, between the two dials, depending on the configuration. Information constantly placed in this area includes the outside temperature, odometer reading and indicators for assistance systems such as ACC.

In the Active Info Display’s ‘classic’ view with information profiles, instead of placing information such as the engaged gear in the centre of the rev counter or the precise driving speed in the centre of the speedometer, information profiles can be selected there. For example, navigation information could be shown in the rev counter while information about the remaining driving time and distance might be shown in the speedometer. In this case, the gear selector lever position display and the precise speed are shifted down to the lower edge of the Active Info Display.

In the ‘digital’ view without dials, the driver can personalise the screen with a dominant display of the current album cover and song information from the media library. Here, the display of the engaged gear and the precise speed move down to the lower edge of the screen in large numerals. Alternatively, the entire ‘driving information since start’ can be displayed centrally. Further options in this mode see the telephone display with contact images and call information, or full-screen navigation, offered. Information shown constantly, such as trip mileage and outside temperature, always stay in the same positions.

The ‘digital’ view without dials but with supplemental details sees various other information elements shown. For example, navigation data, details about the assistance systems, on-board computer information and the media library can all be shown via this view. Here the Active Info Display is largely personalised by the driver.

Infotainment and Volkswagen Car-Net in detail
A truly digital and interactive cockpit has been created via the interplay of the Active Info Display and the T-Roc’s infotainment system. Volkswagen is introducing the latest generation of infotainment systems in the T-Roc, with a display size of 8.0 inches. Specifically, these are the Composition Media (8.0-inch radio-infotainment with CD player) and Discover Navigation (8.0-inch radio-navigation infotainment with CD player). The systems are glass-encased units.

Depending on the selected system, it may be possible to extend system functionality with speech recognition and an eight-channel sound system by US manufacturer ‘beats’ with 300 watts of system power.

With the optional ‘wireless smartphone charger’ specified, compatible smartphones can be charged inductively and be coupled to the external aerial array. To do this, the user simply places the smartphone in a storage box (with mobile phone interface) in front of the gear lever.

Composition Media: The Composition Media features a glass surface design with an 8.0-inch colour display. This touch-screen glass surface creates a tablet-like look. In addition to two rotary/push-button controls, the system has eight function buttons. System sound (4 x 20 watts) is output over eight loudspeakers. Along with the SD card and AUX-IN interfaces, it also offers a USB port (compatible with Apple), a Bluetooth connection and a CD drive.

The Composition Media system is also equipped with a diversity antenna array. This means there are several antennas, and signal noise is filtered out by linking them. A USB interface is offered as an option (Apple compatible).

Discover Navigation: This is the top spec radio navigation system in T-Roc. It is based on the Composition Media system, and adds satellite navigation functionality. Updates to the navigation software are provided free-of-charge for the first five years. In addition, this includes a licence for Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’ services which is also free-of-charge for three years.

Volkswagen Car-Net
The T-Roc brings internet connectivity and functionality to the driver and other vehicle occupants more easily than ever before. They can, in effect, be ‘always on’, which is to say they are online whenever they choose while in the car. The Volkswagen Car-Net applications ‘App Connect’, ‘Guide & Inform’ (wide variety of online information) and ‘Security & Service’ (online services) are provided for this.

The latest generation of the modular infotainment matrix, App-Connect, allows the T-Roc to connect with today's Apple and Android smartphones. Along with MirrorLink (Android), App-Connect now also integrates Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (Google) into the infotainment systems.

Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’ allows T-Roc customers to access a wide range of online services. These include Online POI Search, Online Destination Import, Route Import, Filling Stations (location and price), News, Parking Spaces (location, availability and price), Weather, and Online Traffic Information.

Car-Net ‘Security & Service’ enables access to assistance in a wide range of situations. Highlights include services such as Emergency Service, Automatic Accident Reporting, Roadside Service and Service Scheduling (scheduling service with the service garage). Over and above this, ‘Security & Service’ offers functions such as checking whether the car is locked or whether the lights have been switched off (query via Car-Net on a smartphone or via the Car-Net portal on a PC).

Area alert is particularly interesting to anyone with a learner driver in the family. It automatically notifies the account holder if the T-Roc enters or leaves a predefined area, while Speed Alert is activated as soon as a certain driving speed is exceeded. Another useful feature is the Online Anti-theft Alarm; if an attempt is made to break into the car, the T-Roc sends a warning message by push notification to the Volkswagen Car-Net app (including via smartwatch) and/or notification by email.

Wireless Charging & Keyless Access. In the new T-Roc with the ‘wireless smartphone charger’, it is also possible to supply power to smartphones inductively (for compatible phones). This phone interface can also be used to inductively connect smartphones to the car’s external aerial.

ENGINES, TRANSMISSIONS AND RUNNING GEAR
The new T-Roc is offered with a variety of efficient turbocharged engine options: three petrol engines (TSI) and two diesels (TDI). These come in up to three power levels: 115 PS,

150 PS and, in the case of the petrol unit, 190 PS.

The 115 PS versions are offered with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. In conjunction with the 150 PS engines, buyers can choose front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (4MOTION) as well as an automatically shifting dual clutch gearbox (7-speed DSG).

The 150 PS petrol engine is equipped with Active Cylinder Management (ACT) which delivers automatic deactivation of two cylinders. The 190 PS petrol engine is equipped with 7-speed DSG and 4MOTION as standard.

1.0 TSI: The entry-level petrol engine has three cylinders. This TSI develops, from 999 cc of engine displacement, an output of 115 PS (5,000 to 5,500 rpm) and maximum torque of 200 Nm (2,000 to 3,000 rpm). The SUV completes the sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 10.1 seconds. The front-wheel drive vehicle has a top speed of 116 mph. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 55.4 mpg: With its fuel tank capacity of 50 litres, the vehicle has a theoretical driving range of just over 600 miles between refuelling stops.

1.5 TSI EVO: This 1.5-litre 150 PS turbocharged petrol engine is equipped with Active Cylinder Management (automatic deactivation of two cylinders). Power peaks at 150 PS between 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and the peak torque figure of 250 Nm is on offer from just 1,500 rpm up to 3,500 rpm. This engine carries the T-Roc to a top speed of 127 mph, and delivers a 0-62 mph sprint time of 8.4 seconds. Economy on the combined cycle is measured at 53.3 mpg (SE and Design models), and 52.3 mpg for SEL spec T-Rocs.    

2.0 TSI: The TSI with a displacement of 1,984 cc and an output of 190 PS (4,180 rpm to 6,000 rpm) accelerates the T-Roc to 62 mph in just 7.2 seconds. The SUV reaches a top speed of 134 mph. The engine boasts a potent maximum torque figure of 320 Nm (1,500 rpm to 4,180 rpm). Fuel consumption (combined) is measured at 41.5 mpg for the 2.0 TSI 4MOTION DSG.

1.6 TDI: Performance and economy data to be confirmed. 

2.0 TDI: The larger capacity turbodiesel engine in the T-Roc – a 2.0 TDI with power of up to 150 PS (3,500 to 4,000 rpm) – is an extremely efficient unit. It develops its maximum torque of 340 Nm from a low 1,750 rpm (up to 3,000 rpm). When mated to the six-speed manual gearbox, this SUV – with a top speed of 124 mph – accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 8.7 seconds. Its performance contrasts with its low fuel consumption, measured on the combined cycle, of 56.5 mpg in 4MOTION form.

An overview of all powertrain versions in T-Roc:

Petrol engines:
1.0 TSI 115 PS, 200 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI 150 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION
2.0 TSI 190 PS, 320 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION

Diesel engines:
1.6 TDI 115 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, 4MOTION
2.0 TDI 150 PS, 340 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive

4MOTION all-wheel drive
The 4MOTION versions of the T-Roc are equipped with a permanent all-wheel drive system. Drive torque is distributed between the front and rear wheels via an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, and is regulated according to various factors such as the engine’s momentary torque output. This distribution is need-based – the focus here is on always maintaining optimal traction, and thereby driving safety, while attaining the best possible fuel economy.

Under low engine drive torque conditions, or during kick-down, forward propulsion comes primarily from the front axle, while the rear axle is partially decoupled. This basic drive configuration saves fuel. If necessary, the rear axle can be variably engaged within fractions of a second. The T-Roc has genuine off-road potential thanks to its all-wheel drive system and ground clearance of 161 mm.

4MOTION Active Control and driving profile selection. All of the all-wheel drive versions of the T-Roc have 4MOTION Active Control with driving profile selection as standard. The system is operated via the 4MOTION Active Control dial on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various pop-up menus.

When the rotary dial is turned to the left, one of the two on-road profiles will be activated: ‘Street’ and ‘Snow’. When the switch is turned to the right, the two off-road modes are available: ‘Offroad’ (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or ‘Offroad Individual’ (variable settings). 4MOTION Active Control adapts all relevant assistance systems to the driving situation in a matter of seconds.

Driving profile selection is also included as standard in the 4MOTION SEL and R-Line models. It allows the driver to individually control – depending on standard and optional equipment – parameters for the DSG, automatic air conditioning, electromechanical power steering, adaptive chassis control (DCC) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The driver can choose from five profiles: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual. For models with front-wheel drive, driving profile selection can be ordered as an option.

CONVENIENCE AND ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS
The T-Roc can be adapted to a driver’s particular preferences via a large range of convenience systems, including advanced features such as adaptive chassis control (DCC). The system's electrically adjustable dampers enable the T-Roc running gear tuning to be very sporty, or more pliant. The car’s dynamic character and comfort are also optimised by progressive steering, which was originally introduced in the Mk VII Golf GTI (enabling better control in a sporty driving and yet also making manoeuvring easier).

Other convenience systems include electric actuation of the boot lid; the keyless locking and starting system Keyless Entry; a two-zone Climatronic system and steering wheel heating.

The optional panoramic sunroof brings ample light into the T-Roc interior. At 870 mm wide and 1,364 mm long this tilting/sliding sunroof – consisting of two glass parts – is among the largest in the market segment, at T-Roc launch (December 2017).

Bristling with advanced and innovative assistance systems, the T-Roc is a clear leader in its market segment when it comes to these types of technology. Standard features on all T-Roc vehicles include: the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System; the active lane keeping system Lane Assist and the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking.

The Driver Alert System is also standard on some versions of T-Roc, while other options that can be configured for the SUV include numerous additional assistance systems.

A summary of all systems offered for the T-Roc (for details, see ‘Technical Glossary’ section):

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Emergency Assist
  • Light Assist
  • Driver Alert System
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
  • Park Assist
  • Proactive occupant protection system
  • Rear View camera
  • Lane Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display (coming in 2018)

It is simple to adapt the convenience, assistance and infotainment systems in the T-Roc to the individual driver. This is done via the personalisation function, included as standard. From the multifunction display, the driver can save individual settings for more than 100 parameters – depending on the features installed in the specific vehicle. They are activated as soon as the driver opens the T-Roc with his or her personal key.

TECHNICAL GLOSSARY
ACC – Adaptive Cruise Control: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses a sensor to measure the distance to the vehicle in front, and their relative speed. Using the relevant buttons on the multifunction steering wheel, the driver sets a desired time value for following distance and desired speed (between 19 mph and 130 mph in the T-Roc with a manual gearbox, and 0 to

130 mph with DSG). When following other vehicles, the driver may optionally choose to have a comparison of the target and actual gaps shown on the multifunction display. A sensor constantly monitors the zone in front of the vehicle. The driver can interrupt ACC control and accelerate more vigorously by pressing the accelerator pedal. Use of the brake pedal immediately deactivates the ACC function.

Active Cylinder Management: Active Cylinder Management is a cylinder deactivation system. When travelling within certain engine and driving speed ranges, two of the four cylinders are deactivated regardless of which gear is selected – a process that is essentially imperceptible to the driver. This optimises the engine's operating efficiency while significantly reducing fuel consumption. The multifunction display indicates which engine mode is currently active.

Active Info Display: Volkswagen is offering fully digital instruments for the T-Roc in the form of the Active Info Display. The high-resolution screen (10.3-inch) makes it possible to adapt instruments to personal preferences in various screen views.

App-Connect: Car-Net App-Connect makes it possible to connect a smartphone to the Composition Media radio system or Discover Navigation Media navigation system. This enables users to operate selected mobile phone apps from the touchscreen. App-Connect integrates three interfaces to connect smartphones: MirrorLink™, Android Auto™ from Google and Apple CarPlay™. This means that it is compatible with all of today’s smartphones running Android 5.0 or higher and Apple iOS 8.1 or higher.

ASR – traction control: The traction control system (ASR) offers added convenience and safety, particularly when driving on slippery roads or surfaces with differing degrees of grip. The traction control system facilitates smooth drive-off and acceleration without wheel spin or fishtailing. ASR interacts with the electronic accelerator pedal; it also makes use of the wheel speed sensors of the anti-lock braking system (ABS). If a sudden increase in speed is detected from a wheel (i.e. slip), the system intervenes in the engine controller to counter this effect by throttling back engine power.

Rear Traffic Alert: Rear Traffic Alert enhances safety. It is offered in combination with the Blind Spot Monitor. Rear Traffic Alert takes much of the risk out of reversing from driveways and parking spaces that are at right angles to the road. The system not only ‘recognises’ stationary or moving vehicles directly behind the T-Roc, but also vehicles approaching from the side which are barely visible to the driver. The radar-based sensor module even detects objects at distances of up to 40 metres and recognises objects moving at speeds of 3 mph or faster. If a collision is imminent, the system produces an audible warning. If the driver or other road user does not take action to avert the danger, or if there is a risk of immediate collision, the Rear Traffic Alert system automatically activates the car’s brakes.

Blind Spot Monitor – lane change system: The Blind Spot Monitor assists the driver in changing lanes. Two radar systems at the rear of the vehicle scan zones up to approx. 50 metres rearward, as well as the blind spot next to the vehicle. Whether or not the driver is changing lanes, the Blind Spot Monitor shows all vehicles that are located in a critical zone for lane changes. Active from 19 mph, the system alerts the driver of a potential hazard by illuminating a constant light in the relevant exterior mirror. If the driver activates the turn indicator despite the warning, the LED on that side begins to flash at a higher intensity to call the driver's attention to the hazard.

DCC – Dynamic Chassis Control: Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) makes it possible to adjust the running gear to a normal, sporty or enhanced comfort mode. The electrically adjustable damping system adapts automatically to this setting, as does the electromechanical power steering. DCC responds continually to changing driving situations and takes braking, steering and accelerating actions into account.

DSG – dual clutch gearbox: Dual clutch gearboxes (DSG) consist of two independent gearbox units. As they move through the gears, the dual clutch mechanism enables alternating engagement with the engine via two drive shafts – one for each of the two gearboxes. The dual clutch gearbox enables automatic gear changes without any interruption in power transmission. The gearbox is controlled by a mechatronics module, which houses the electronic transmission control unit, various sensors and hydraulic actuators in a single compact unit.

Emergency Assist: Emergency Assist monitors driver activity – such as use of the accelerator pedal, brakes and steering – and helps, within system limits, to prevent accidents and reduce the potential consequences of an accident if the driver is incapacitated for health reasons. If the driver fails to respond, the system prompts him or her to correct the steering by means of repeated brake jolts, and it automatically applies the brakes. In this process, ACC monitors the distance to traffic ahead, while Lane Assist ensures that the vehicle stays within its lane. Emergency Assist alerts other road users to an issue via the hazard warning lights and with gentle steering movements to sway the car within its lane and safely slows the vehicle down – all the way to a standstill.

4MOTION – all-wheel drive: 4MOTION is Volkswagen’s permanent all-wheel drive system. It distributes the engine’s power to all four wheels as the situation demands. In vehicles with transverse-mounted engines, an all-wheel drive coupling is used. 4MOTION offers a high level of active safety, reliable traction and optimal directional stability at all times. 4MOTION operates together with all of the car's dynamic control systems such as ESC, ASR and EDS.

4MOTION Active Control and driving profile selection: All of the all-wheel drive versions of the T-Roc have 4MOTION Active Control with driving profile selection as standard. The system is operated via the 4MOTION Active Control rotary switch on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various pop-up menus. When the rotary switch is turned to the left, one of the two on-road profiles is activated: ‘Street’ and ‘Snow’. When the switch is turned to the right, the two off-road modes are available: ‘Offroad’ (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or ‘Offroad Individual’ (variable settings). 4MOTION Active

Control adapts all relevant assistance systems to the driving situation in just seconds. Driving profile selection is also included as standard in 4MOTION-equipped models. It allows the driver to individually control – depending on the standard and optional equipment on the car - parameters for DSG, automatic air conditioning, electromechanical power steering, Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The driver chooses from five profiles: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual. For models with front-wheel drive, driving profile selection can also be ordered as an option.

Front Assist – area monitoring system: The Front Assist area monitoring system uses sensors (radars/lasers) to detect situations where the distance to the vehicle ahead is critically low, and helps to shorten the T-Roc’s stopping distance. In dangerous situations the system alerts the driver by visual and audible signals and a jolt of the brakes. Front Assist operates independently of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). It also ‘prepares’ the brake system for emergency braking. If the driver then applies the brakes, full braking power is available immediately. If the braking is not forceful enough, Front Assist increases the braking pressure to the degree needed. In the T-Roc, Front Assist also offers help at low speeds via City Emergency Braking System. If the driver does not react, Front Assist automatically and independently initiates automatic partial braking, in order to slow the vehicle down sufficiently and regain the driver’s attention. In situations where a collision is unavoidable, the driver is also aided by automatic hard braking.

Pedestrian Monitoring: Pedestrian Monitoring is an extension of Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System. The system utilises two sensors at the front of the vehicle – a radar sensor in the radiator grille and a camera in the base of the interior rear-view mirror – to acquire information on the zone in front of the vehicle. Within system limits it can, for example, detect a pedestrian suddenly stepping out onto the carriageway. This immediately triggers audible and visual signals to warn the driver. If the driver does not brake, a brake jolt provides a warning of the critical distance, and the brake system is simultaneously prepared for possible hard braking. If the driver again fails to respond, the system automatically initiates emergency braking within system limits.

Lane Assist – lane-keeping system: The lane-keeping system Lane Assist is started from the multifunction display and is then active from a driving speed of 37 mph. A camera module in the area of the interior mirror acquires lane markings and evaluates the vehicle's position. If the vehicle begins to leave its driving lane, Lane Assist warns the driver – within its system limits and depending on the model – by means of an audible signal, vibration of the steering wheel or a corrective steering intervention. The signal is always made unobtrusively to avoid annoying the driver. The system does not react if the turn signal was set before driving over a lane line.

Light Assist – main beam control system: Light Assist improves comfort and safety in the T-Roc by automatically controlling the car’s main beam headlight activation. A camera on the rear-view mirror monitors traffic. Light Assist automatically switches the main beam on – starting at a driving speed of 40 mph and in completely dark conditions. The system recognises vehicles driving ahead, and oncoming traffic, and automatically dips the headlights before drivers of those vehicles are dazzled. This automatic switching between the main and dipped beam ensures optimal illumination of the road ahead.

Driver Alert: The Driver Alert system recommends that the driver take a break whenever necessary. It detects deviations from normal driving behaviour, and is helpful on long journeys. The system continually evaluates driving behaviour at speeds from 40 mph and determines whether the driver is fit to drive. It evaluates various signals, such as steering inputs. If it detects driver fatigue, the system gives both visual and audible cues to the driver to take a break.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking: Around one-quarter of all accidents that result in personal injury involve multiple collisions. Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking system can help to avoid secondary collisions or reduce their severity. After an initial collision, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking system initiates a braking action – within system limits – even before the driver can react. This can reduce the severity of the accident and ideally prevent secondary collisions.

Park Assist: Park Assist automatically guides the T-Roc into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces, and it can also pull the car out of parallel parking spaces. The system helps the driver by autonomously making optimal steering wheel movements to follow an ideal line when reverse parking. Park Assist automatically scans the parking space, assigns a starting position and makes the steering movements – the driver only need accelerate and brake. The system also works to reduce parking and manoeuvring collisions when reversing.

Proactive occupant protection system: The proactive occupant protection system uses sensors of the ESC and Front Assist to detect critical situations. If the system detects such a situation, the vehicle occupants and the vehicle are prepared for a potential crash. This involves tensioning the seat belts in the front to securely hold the driver and front-seat passenger and, but for a small gap, closing any open windows and sunroof.

Progressive steering: Compared to a conventional steering system, progressive steering takes significantly fewer turns of the steering wheel to reach its end stop. The progressive steering ratio reduces steering work when parking, for example. It also leads to optimised, more direct and controlled steering response, which makes everyday driving more comfortable and enhances handling on roads with a lot of bends.

Traffic Jam Assist: Traffic Jam Assist utilises functions such as ACC and Lane Assist to enable convenient and safe stop-and-go driving in a traffic jam. In heavy traffic at driving speeds from 0 to 37 mph the system responds to other vehicles and autonomously handles steering, accelerating and braking. When traffic comes to a standstill, it also brakes the vehicle to a stop and can drive off again within a predefined time interval. In contrast to pure Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Traffic Jam Assist uses a camera behind the windscreen to detect lane markings. This enables the vehicle to be kept in the lane via Lane Assist.

SERVICING
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their T-Roc. They can choose Fixed Service or Flexible Service and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service regime is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking. In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months

Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.

In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the Flexible regime, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 20,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Fixed and Flexible at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s lifetime it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

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INTRODUCTION

  • T-Roc compact SUV enters new market segment for Volkswagen
  • Five-door T-Roc offers, space, style, safety and practicality
  • Style and personalisation options mark out Volkswagen’s bold new car

Volkswagen is shaking up the SUV sector with the arrival of its stylish new compact SUV: the T-Roc.

The T-Roc sees Volkswagen enter a new market segment with this sporty model. Sitting beneath the established and extremely popular Tiguan SUV, and above the forthcoming new T-Cross small SUV, the T-Roc represents a key element of Volkswagen’s ongoing SUV offensive.

A wide and long stance allied to a relatively low roofline and steeply raked C-pillar underscore not only the T-Roc’s sporting style but also its dynamic and engaging ride and handling characteristics.

T-Roc measures 4,234 mm long (252 mm shorter than the Tiguan), and it has a 2,590 mm wheelbase. The SUV’s width is 1,819 mm (excluding door mirrors), and its height is 1,573 mm. For comparison, the current Golf measures 4,255 mm long, 1,799 mm wide (excluding mirrors), 1,452 mm high, and has a wheelbase of 2,637 mm.

Luggage space in the five-seat T-Roc is generous. Indeed the five-seat car has one of largest luggage compartments in its class – measuring up to 445 litres when loaded up to the top of the second row seat backrests. With spare wheel in place, the T-Roc’s load capacity is 366 litres for two-wheel drive cars, or 324 litres for 4MOTION-equipped cars.

Its styling is also defined by its short overhangs: (831 mm front, 800 mm rear) and large track widths of 1,546 mm (front) and 1,541 mm (rear).

Discussing the T-Roc’s distinctive looks Volkswagen Head of Design, Klaus Bischoff, said: “Volkswagen has created another authentic SUV with the new T-Roc. In launching this crossover we are also bringing a very expressive, even ‘sassy’, design to the streets. This emotional component makes it likeable. The T-Roc is therefore equally well suited for the urban world as it is for great adventures.”

When all versions are available to order, in Spring 2018, the T-Roc will be offered in S, SE, Design, SEL and R-Line trims, with a generous standard specification throughout.

Standard-fit items across the range include 2Zone electronic climate control; Composition Media infotainment system with eight-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, DAB radio reception, USB connectivity and charging, and 6 x 20W speakers; minimum 16-inch alloy wheels and extensive passive and active safety equipment.

Personalisation and style are key elements of the new car’s appeal, and Volkswagen in the UK offers an expansive range of colour, trim and equipment options.

Design models, in particular, offer a wide variety of styling features, and enhanced choice. Aside from advanced features such as chrome-effect trapezoid exhaust tailpipe surrounds left and right, the T-Roc Design offers a choice of contrasting roof, A-pillar and door mirror housing colours; rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards; and sport-styled bumpers with silver-metallic underbody protection.

Inside, Design models provide a choice of coloured dashpad and interior door panels alongside standard-fit features such as ambient lighting in the front footwells and light strips below the front door trims.

Meanwhile Volkswagen interface designers have further developed the Active Info Display (10.3-inch display diagonal) and its high-quality graphics (133 dpi) for new T-Roc, elevating the range of functions to a whole new level. Standard on SEL models, and optionally available on other T-Rocs (excluding S), the new Active Info Display now offers an interplay with the car’s specific infotainment system to create a digital and interactive cockpit.

The systems have been customised for a maximum range of online services via smartphone and Volkswagen Car-Net. The phone and media library have also been integrated optimally. Both of these functions can be displayed and controlled via the Active Info Display, as well as via the infotainment system.

The 8.0-inch infotainment systems can be extended with App Connect (integrated MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ from Google). In addition, Volkswagen also offers the ‘Security & Service’ package in the new T-Roc which provides support in a wide variety of situations. Highlights include Emergency Service, Automatic Accident Notification and Roadside Assistance.

In conjunction with Discover Navigation, various online services can also be used via ‘Guide & Inform’. They include Online POI search, Online destination import, Filling station (location and price), News, Car park (location and price), Weather and Online traffic information.

Like its larger Tiguan sibling, the new T-Roc will in time be offered with a broad range of turbocharged engines: three petrol engines (TSI) and two diesels (TDI) units, with – depending on engine choice – the option of manual or DSG automatic gearboxes and in front- or 4MOTION all-wheel drive formats.

Every all-wheel drive version of the T-Roc also has 4MOTION Active Control. The system is operated via 4MOTION Active Control on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various pop-up menus. When the rotary switch is turned to the left, one of the two on-road profiles is activated: ‘Street’ and ‘Snow’.

When the switch is turned to the right, the two off-road modes are available: ‘Offroad’ (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or ‘Offroad Individual’ (variable settings). 4MOTION Active Control adapts relevant assistance systems to the driving situation in seconds.

Driving Profile Selection is also included as standard in SEL and R-Line models. It allows the driver to individually control – depending on standard and optional equipment available – parameters for the DSG transmission; automatic air conditioning; electromechanical power steering; Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Five profiles – Comfort, Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual – are available. For models with front-wheel drive, Driving Profile Selection can be specified as an option, depending on trim level.

Petrol engines:
1.0 TSI, 115 PS, 200 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI, 150 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI, 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI, 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION
2.0 TSI, 190 PS, 320 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION

Diesel engines:
1.6 TDI, 115 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI, 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI, 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed manual, 4MOTION
2.0 TDI, 150 PS, 340 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive

From 3 October 2017, in the initial launch phase, the following precise T-Roc engine and trim levels have been available to order across the UK:

SE 1.0 TSI, 115 PS, 6-speed manual
SE 1.5 TSI EVO, 150 PS, 6-speed manual

Design 1.0 TSI, 115 PS, 6-speed manual
Design 1.5 TSI EVO, 150 PS, 6-speed manual

SEL 1.5 TSI EVO, 150 PS, 6-speed manual
SEL 2.0 TSI, 190 PS, 4MOTION 7-speed DSG

Subsequent waves of engine, transmission and trim combinations will be released for order through 2018. 

In its most potent 2.0 TSI 190 PS form, and mated to a 7-speed DSG, the T-Roc will sprint from rest to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 134 mph. Meanwhile, the 1.0 TSI 115 PS-equipped car will offer 55.4 mpg* on the EU’s combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 117 g/km. 

The new T-Roc is based on Volkswagen’s impressively flexible modular transverse matrix (MQB). All of the brand's MQB models – currently ranging from the forthcoming new Polo to the US-built Atlas SUV – are characterised by their dynamic proportions and generous interior space which results from the axles being ‘pushed outward’ towards the front and rear. 

In its market segment, the T-Roc is in a league of its own when it comes to its assistance systems. By virtue of its MQB architecture, standard features on all T-Roc vehicles include: Automatic Post-Collision Braking; the active lane keeping system Lane Assist; the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring; and City Emergency Braking.

All T-Roc Design models are also equipped with the Driver Alert System. Other options include eleven additional assistance systems. An overview of the assistance systems is:

  • Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (active from 18 mph to 130 mph with manual gearbox, 0 to 130 mph with DSG) 
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display (available during 2018)
  • Rear View camera system
  • Lane change system with Rear Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitor lane change system (available early 2018)
  • Lane Assist lane keeping system
  • Park Assist park-steering assistant with manoeuvre braking function
  • Traffic Jam Assist (available early 2018)
  • Emergency Assist (available early 2018)
  • Proactive occupant protection system
  • Driver Alert System
  • Light Assist main-beam control system

High end options available for the new T-Roc (depending on trim level) include an electrically operated tailgate; electrically operated sliding/tilting panoramic sunroof; ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery; wireless smartphone charging**; and a 400-watt, six-speaker, audio system by BeatsAudio. 

Commenting on the debut of new T-Roc in UK Retailer showrooms the Director of Volkswagen UK, Alison Jones, said: “The arrival of T-Roc marks a major step in our brand’s ongoing SUV offensive. It is stunning to look at, and contains all the tech you would expect in a car today.

“The level of interest we have seen in this exciting new car has been unprecedented. I’m sure it will mark a significant step in Volkswagen’s ongoing expansion and growth in the UK, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the first customer cars on the road here in January 2018.”  

* Fuel consumption and CO? figures are obtained under standardised EU test conditions (Directive 93/116/EEC). This allows a direct comparison between different manufacturer models but may not represent the actual fuel consumption achieved in ‘real world’ driving conditions. More information is available on the Volkswagen website at www.volkswagen.co.uk and at www.dft.gov.uk/vca

** Compatible phone handset required

SUMMARY

  • Compact outside, capacious inside: this full five-seat car has one of largest luggage compartments in its class (up to 445 litres when loaded up to the second seat row and the tops of the seat backrests)
  • Efficient technology: five TSI (petrol) or TDI (turbo diesel) engine options for new T-Roc. All are Euro VI compliant and the petrol line-up includes the use of the new 1.5 TSI EVO petrol (150 PS) with ACT Active Cylinder Technology to deliver cylinder deactivation
  • Gearbox options are latest generation six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG units
  • Drive is front- or all-wheel (4MOTION), depending on engine choice
  • The most potent new T-Rocs are equipped with either a 2.0 TSI (190 PS) petrol powerplant mated to a seven-speed DSG, or a 2.0 TDI (150 PS) allied to the same version of the DSG gearbox. Both are all-wheel drive 4MOTION models as standard
  • New T-Roc offers premium segment technology such as the use of second generation Active Info Display as well high-end infotainment and state-of-the-art assistance systems
  • The spectrum of assistance systems in the T-Roc showcases Volkswagen’s expertise in technology with the likes of Front Assist featuring Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking; Blind Spot Detection, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control; Traffic Jam Assist; Emergency Assist; Lane Assist and Park Assist all available
  • Other technology highlights include the availability of LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights; Dynamic Chassis Control and Driver Personalisation which offers the option to save individual settings for more than 100 infotainment, convenience, and assistance system parameters (subject to the relevant features being installed in the car). These settings are activated by the driver’s personal key
  • Personalisation is further elevated courtesy of a variety of bold exterior colours; contrasting roof and pillar colours; contrasting dashpad decors; and various interior trim versions
  • The new model line opened for order in the UK in October 2017, with first customer deliveries taking place in December of the same year
  • Worldwide, Volkswagen assumes that over the next ten years the annual global sales volume of the small SUV sector will grow from around 6.4 million units today to around 10.6 million
  • Volkswagen UK is planning for the T-Roc to make a significant contribution to its performance, quickly joining Golf (72,762 sales in 2016) and Polo (54,448 sales in 2016) in the top tier of Volkswagen models
  • As many as eight out of ten T-Roc models sold in the UK are expected to be petrol-powered, and three quarters of T-Roc sales are anticipated to be to private buyers. The new model will be available with front- or 4MOTION all-wheel drive
  • The best-selling T-Roc in the UK is expected to the be the 1.0 TSI 115 PS SE 6spd manual
  • T-Roc will arrive in the Volkswagen UK Retailer network in December 2017 with a starting price of £18,950 for the entry-level S model
  • When all versions are available, the T-Roc will be offered in S, SE, Design, SEL and R-Line trims in UK with a generous standard specification throughout
  • Standard-fit items across the range include 2Zone electronic climate control; Composition Media infotainment system with eight-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, DAB radio reception, USB connectivity and charging, and 6 x 20W speakers; minimum 16-inch alloy wheels and extensive passive and active safety equipment
  • High end options available for the new T-Roc (depending on trim level) include an electrically operated tailgate; electrically operated sliding/tilting panoramic sunroof; ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery; wireless smartphone charging (compatible handset); and a 400-watt, six-speaker, audio system by BeatsAudio 
  • T-Roc was previewed by the T-Roc Concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014
  • Competitor cars include the Nissan Qashqai; Vauxhall Mokka X; Renault Kadjar; Toyota CH-R; MINI Countryman and Audi Q2 
  • Total Volkswagen sales in the UK last year (2016), including CV models, were 207,020
  • The Volkswagen T-Roc is built at the brand’s Palmela plant near Lisbon, Portugal

 

MARKET INFORMATION
The new T-Roc competes in the European J segment for ‘compact SUVs’ and sits above the forthcoming T-Cross SUV and below the Tiguan and Touareg models in the Volkswagen passenger cars line-up. The car is a rival to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Vauxhall Mokka X, Renault Kadjar, MINI Countryman and Audi Q2.

The T-Roc model line-up has been designed to offer more choice and bespoke personalisation options than any Volkswagen SUV before it. The newly-created Design trim, in particular, offers a broad array of interior and exterior colour and trim options to allow T-Roc owners very significant personalisation of their new car.

The T-Roc range launches in the UK across three engine waves, beginning in October 2017 and running through to May 2018.   

The fleet/retail split for T-Roc in the UK is predicated to be broadly: 75% retail/25% fleet. The best-selling model across all channels is anticipated at launch to be the T-Roc Design 1.0 TSI 115 PS 6spd manual. 

Production
The T-Roc is manufactured at Volkswagen’s Setúbal plant near Lisbon in Portugal. Formed in 1991, it began operations in 1995. Around 3,300 employees work at the Setúbal location, and up to around 475 vehicles can be produced there every day.

Today the Volkswagen Sharan and SEAT Alhambra are produced alongside the new T-Roc at the plant.

When it was established in 1995, the Autoeuropa plant at Setúbal was the largest foreign industrial investment in Portugal. The plant covers the entire automotive value chain, from press shop to body construction and paint shop, right up to final assembly. 

MQB PLATFORM
As with a growing number of Volkswagen brand and Group models, the new T-Roc uses as its base the Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix.

The introduction of the MQB strategy with the arrival of Golf VII in 2012 represented a turning point in the design and production of future automobiles with transverse-mounted engines as it standardised many vehicle component parameters – across brands and vehicle classes – and at the same time, it offered access to new technologies.

The MQB currently extends from the A0 to the B segment. At the Volkswagen brand, for example, it covers the following models: new Polo, updated Golf, Touran, Tiguan, forthcoming Tiguan Allspace, Passat, Atlas/Teramont and, now, T-Roc. Thus all of these models could theoretically be produced on the same assembly line – despite their different wheelbases and track widths. It is also possible to produce MQB models of different brands together.

One of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines. Two systems integrated in the MQB strategy which play a key role here are the modular petrol (MOB) and diesel (MDB) engine systems.

By introducing these engine series, the number of engine and gearbox variants offered by the Group has been reduced by around 90 per cent, without restricting choice. In addition to standardising conventional internal combustion engines, the MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative drive concepts without limitations – from natural gas and hybrid versions to pure electric drive.

EXTERIOR DESIGN
The design of the T-Roc follows a new expressive Volkswagen SUV DNA, which is similar to that of the Tiguan, new Tiguan Allspace and, in the US, the Atlas, as well as China’s Teramont model.

T-Roc brings authentic off-road elements into harmony with dynamism and urban style. The design of each new Volkswagen SUV will be interpreted individually based on this DNA. All of the brand’s SUV models are characterised by a form that is clearly unique to their product and market segment.

The T-Roc illustrates this very well. It excites with a progressive design that clearly identifies as 'the T-Roc'. At the same time, however, it obviously remains a part of the Volkswagen family.

Volkswagen Head of Design, Klaus Bischoff: “We have created another authentic SUV with the new T-Roc. This car shows its underlying dominance. At the same time, however, in launching this crossover we are also bringing a very expressive and quite bold design to the streets. This emotional component makes it likeable. The T-Roc is therefore equally well suited for the urban world as it is for great adventures.”

Visually and technically, the crossover injects a powerful dose of dynamism into the compact segment. Klaus Bischoff again: “For me, the T-Roc is an SUV milestone because it enriches the segment with an entirely unique and sporty style.”

The T-Roc is positioned in the segment beneath the Tiguan. Like that car, and the Atlas or Teramont, the T-Roc is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB). Although these models share the same structural platform, they each have a completely independent body and interior layout. Thanks to MQB, the development team has able to implement very dynamic proportions in the  new T-Roc.

The crossover model is 4,234 mm long (252 mm shorter than the Tiguan), and it has a 2,590 mm wheelbase. The SUV's width is 1,819 mm (without exterior mirrors), and its height is 1,573 mm (4MOTION: 1,572 mm). The relatively large width in comparison to the rather low roof structure underscores the vehicle's dynamic proportions. At the same time, the body’s somewhat lower centre of gravity compared to other SUVs optimises handling properties.

Its styling is also defined by its short overhangs: (831 mm front, 800 mm rear) and large track widths of 1,546 mm (front) and 1,541 mm (rear).

Front view
Charismatic design elements dominate in the T-Roc, whose shape is both avant-garde and expressive. At the front, the key elements are the wide radiator grille unit with integrated dual headlights.

Higher spec versions of the headlights use LED technology, while the headlight housings have an extremely low-profile design. This was enabled by separate housings in the bumper, each containing the indicator, daytime running lights and cornering lights. This repositioned light signature makes the T-Roc unmistakable at night.

A narrow chrome strip separates the radiator grille and headlights from the bonnet that is deliberately large, in classic SUV style. Moving downward, the combination of radiator grille and headlights is framed by a wider chrome accent; this lateral element spans the entire front end. The chrome accent, radiator grille and headlights together underscore the width and dominance of the T-Roc.

The bumper cross panel is also distinctive; it is painted in body colour and, as mentioned, it integrates the LED daytime running lights and indicators. There are two versions of these light modules.

The base version contains horizontal LED daytime running light units, and above them the indicators. In the higher spec version, the daytime running lights and indicator lights are formed by a single round LED element. The white daytime running lights switch to an orange colour for the indicators. In this configuration, the fog lights with cornering lights are located in the plastic surfaces on the sides of the bumper.

Side view
The lines of the T-Roc’s long, extended side profile are highlighted by a distinctive chrome element. It is a standard feature across the range that upgrades every version of the T-Roc, extending from the A-pillars over the entire side roof line and into the C-pillars. The latter are swept back, coupé-like. Together with the chrome trim strips, they lend the side profile a uniquely dynamic character, with a form reminiscent of that of a coupé.

This effect is further reinforced when the T-Roc is ordered in a bi-colour design. The new model is the first Volkswagen SUV that can be ordered in a two-tone finish with a visually contrasting roof section (including A-pillars and exterior mirror housings).

Taken together, the chrome strip, additional design lines on the roof, a roofline that descends coupé-like towards the rear, distinctive C-pillars and bi-colour paint make the T-Roc appear lower than it actually is.

Connecting to the area beneath the window surfaces is the character line. This sharp undercut meets the muscular wheel arches.  A strong shoulder section has been created in the radius of the rear wheel arch.

Rugged dark plastic, wrap-around, off-road trim pieces protect the body in the area of the wheel arches, the side sills and the front and rear body.

Rear view
The horizontal layout of the T-Roc’s rear is structured over three levels. Viewed from top to bottom there is the roof transition including the rear window; then there is the middle surface with LED tail lights in 3D design, the Volkswagen badge and central T-Roc signature in chrome; finally, there is the bumper area.

This three-level structure gives the SUV a lower, wider and more sporting look. At the top on the left and right, the boot lid is framed by the chrome accents of the C-pillars. Towards the rear, the C-pillars are completely under the glass of the tinted rear window, which creates a strong impression of width.

The styling of the rear bumper is just as distinctive as that of the front bumper. Upward and to the sides it frames the rear hatch. On the sides of the bumper there are black plastic  elements  (in  honeycomb  design)  and  reflectors  on  the  painted surface. On the lower-most level are the exhaust pipe trims towards the sides (in chrome look, depending on trim level) and a diffuser in the middle.

On the T-Roc Design the entire roof, including the A-pillars and exterior mirrors, may optionally be painted in one of four contrasting colours: Deep Black, Pure White, Red, or Dark Oak Brown Metallic.

In addition, ten different conventional paints are available for all versions of the SUV. The range of 11 exterior colours comprises Deep Black, Pure White, Dark Oak Brown Metallic, White Silver Metallic, Turmeric Yellow Metallic, Energetic Orange Metallic, Indium Grey Metallic, Urano Grey, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Flash Red and Ravenna Blue.

Entry level versions of the T-Roc come equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels. The Design and SE come with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, while R-Line models feature 19-inch wheels. The T-Roc Design gets Mayfield wheels with 215/55 R 17 tyres. The T-Roc SE comes from the factory with Kulmbach wheels, which also have 215/55 tyres.

Optional 16-inch Chester alloy wheels are available for the T-Roc S, which comes with 215/60 sized tyres.

Four types of 17-inch alloy wheel are also available. For the T-Roc SE, the standard silver

Kulmbach wheels can be ordered in an exclusive Adamantium Silver finish. For the T-Roc Design and SE, Volkswagen offers the standard Mayfield wheel in three personalised versions with three colours: in Atlantic Blue, in Black with a polished surface and in Black with Glaze Orange paint.

The largest wheels for the two top trim levels are the 19-inch Suzuka alloys familiar from the Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line.

INTERIOR DESIGN
The form and function of the T-Roc interior has been redefined for the digital era. A highlight is the integration of a greater number of digital display elements and controls. For instance, the T-Roc can be ordered with the new generation of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) as an option.

The car also features state-of-the-art infotainment systems, with displays of up to 8.0 inches in size. The designers’ goal inside was to make all the T-Roc’s on-board elements as clear and intuitive as possible.

The T-Roc development and design team utilised the wheelbase, which is conspicuously long in relation to the car's overall length, to create a lot of space inside for up to five occupants. The driver and passengers have high seating positions. In front, the seat height above the road is at least 572 mm, and at the rear it measures 618 mm.

If all five seats are occupied, luggage space when loaded up to the top edge of the rear seat backrests totals up to 445 litres – currently the best figure in the segment. The rear seat backrests can be folded with a 60/40 split; when folded this boosts the cargo capacity to as much as 1,290 litres.

The T-Roc’s dash panel features a crystal-clear horizontal structure. The instruments form a viewing and control axis together with the infotainment system which is relatively high and   is, therefore, optimally ergonomic.

The infotainment system has been purposely positioned at the highest point on the dashboard, and in the version with an 8.0-inch display it has a large, glass-encased surface. This gives it a sophisticated look similar to that of a tablet screen. The instruments and the infotainment system are integrated in a decorative surface that runs from left to right through the dashboard.

Depending on specific equipment, this accent might have a dark finish or be painted in a contrasting colour which co-ordinates with the trim of the seats. The colour accents are repeated in the door trim, according to the configured options. Rugged, cleanly-designed door pulls and armrests as well as large storage areas complete the door inserts. White or red ambient lighting may also feature, depending on trim level and option choice.

The surround of the T-Roc’s centre console shares the same colour as the accents found on the dashboard. Integrated here, over three horizontal levels, are important vehicle functions (start/stop system, ESC, hazard warning lights button, Park Assist functions) as well as the climate control functions and seat heating.

Directly beneath the climate control panel is the storage box for smartphones with two clearly seen and easily accessible USB ports, and optional inductive wireless charging and external aerial interface.

Located on the centre console behind the gear knob in the all-wheel drive version is the intuitively operated multifunction switch for Volkswagen’s 4MOTION Active Control.

Volkswagen interface designers have systematically developed the Active Info Display (10.3-inch display diagonal) and its high-quality graphics (133 dpi) and elevated the range of functions to a new level. The interplay between the Active Info Display and the T-Roc’s infotainment system creates a new digital and interactive cockpit.

Standard equipment across all T-Roc versions includes the glass-encased 8.0-inch Composition Media system with CD player. The range-topping system with an 8.0-inch display – Discover Navigation – also glass-encased, comes with a navigation module.

The Active Info Display and infotainment system together offer a maximum range of online services and apps via smartphone and Volkswagen Car-Net. The phone and media library have also been integrated smoothly. Not only can these two functions be displayed and controlled via the infotainment system, but also now via the Active Info Display. The 8.0-inch infotainment systems can be extended with App-Connect (integrated MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ from Google – standard from SE trim).  In  addition, Volkswagen also offers its ‘Security &  Service’ service package in the new T-Roc (standard from SE trim) which provides assistance in a wide variety of situations. Highlights include Emergency Call Service, Automatic Accident Notification and    Breakdown Call. In conjunction with Discover Media, various online services can also be used via ‘Guide & Inform’. They include Online POI Search, Online Destination Import, Filling Stations (location and price), News, Parking Spaces (location, and price), Weather and Online Traffic Information.

Active Info Display
The T-Roc’s optional Active Info Display is a new development. The second generation of Volkswagen’s digital instrument system is distinguished by an 10.3-inch display (diagonal), high-quality graphics (133 dpi; resolution 1,280 x 480 pixels) and a significantly extended range of functions. As a result, the display offers better graphic performance, higher pixel density, greater brightness and contrast, more intense colours and fewer conventional indicator lamps. Using a ‘View button’ on the multifunction steering wheel, the driver can now also switch between three basic layouts, easily and quickly.

The high-quality graphics convey a new look and feel, via their progressive design. The crucial aspect here is that Volkswagen has fundamentally redefined fully digital instruments. The interface designers have worked to utilise the digital display to integrate additional information options into the instruments.

The graphics of the round instruments (dials), such as the rev counter and speedometer follow the appearance of their analogue counterparts. At the next stage of digital instruments, however, the interface designers have departed from the analogue look entirely and created a consistently digitalised world of instruments.

The engineers have developed three basic digital layouts between which the driver can toggle with the ‘View’ button:

  • A view with two dials, one for the rev counter and one for the speedometer
  • A digital view without dials
  • A digital view without dials but with supplemental information. This supplemental information can be configured via the infotainment system.

For example, in the ‘classic’ view with two dials, the readout is organised as follows: on the left border of the instruments is the vertical engine temperature gauge, and on the right border the vertical fuel tank gauge. The left dial shows the rev counter, and the engaged gear is shown in the middle. The representation of engine speed is interactive, too, thus whenever the next 1,000 rev ‘step’ is reached, it is shown with a large figure for example. The same applies to the right dial of the speedometer. The current speed is shown as an enlarged figure.

This type of display makes it much easier to take in the information at a glance. It is also possible to have the precise speedometer reading shown together with a lot of other information, if desired. For instance, information such as album covers and song details from the media library might be displayed in the middle of the screen, between the two dials, depending on the configuration. Information constantly placed in this area includes the outside temperature, odometer reading and indicators for assistance systems such as ACC.

In the Active Info Display’s ‘classic’ view with information profiles, instead of placing information such as the engaged gear in the centre of the rev counter or the precise driving speed in the centre of the speedometer, information profiles can be selected there. For example, navigation information could be shown in the rev counter while information about the remaining driving time and distance might be shown in the speedometer. In this case, the gear selector lever position display and the precise speed are shifted down to the lower edge of the Active Info Display.

In the ‘digital’ view without dials, the driver can personalise the screen with a dominant display of the current album cover and song information from the media library. Here, the display of the engaged gear and the precise speed move down to the lower edge of the screen in large numerals. Alternatively, the entire ‘driving information since start’ can be displayed centrally. Further options in this mode see the telephone display with contact images and call information, or full-screen navigation, offered. Information shown constantly, such as trip mileage and outside temperature, always stay in the same positions.

The ‘digital’ view without dials but with supplemental details sees various other information elements shown. For example, navigation data, details about the assistance systems, on-board computer information and the media library can all be shown via this view. Here the Active Info Display is largely personalised by the driver.

Infotainment and Volkswagen Car-Net in detail
A truly digital and interactive cockpit has been created via the interplay of the Active Info Display and the T-Roc’s infotainment system. Volkswagen is introducing the latest generation of infotainment systems in the T-Roc, with a display size of 8.0 inches. Specifically, these are the Composition Media (8.0-inch radio-infotainment with CD player) and Discover Navigation (8.0-inch radio-navigation infotainment with CD player). The systems are glass-encased units.

Depending on the selected system, it may be possible to extend system functionality with speech recognition and an eight-channel sound system by US manufacturer ‘beats’ with 300 watts of system power.

With the optional ‘wireless smartphone charger’ specified, compatible smartphones can be charged inductively and be coupled to the external aerial array. To do this, the user simply places the smartphone in a storage box (with mobile phone interface) in front of the gear lever.

Composition Media: The Composition Media features a glass surface design with an 8.0-inch colour display. This touch-screen glass surface creates a tablet-like look. In addition to two rotary/push-button controls, the system has eight function buttons. System sound (4 x 20 watts) is output over eight loudspeakers. Along with the SD card and AUX-IN interfaces, it also offers a USB port (compatible with Apple), a Bluetooth connection and a CD drive.

The Composition Media system is also equipped with a diversity antenna array. This means there are several antennas, and signal noise is filtered out by linking them. A USB interface is offered as an option (Apple compatible).

Discover Navigation: This is the top spec radio navigation system in T-Roc. It is based on the Composition Media system, and adds satellite navigation functionality. Updates to the navigation software are provided free-of-charge for the first five years. In addition, this includes a licence for Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’ services which is also free-of-charge for three years.

Volkswagen Car-Net
The T-Roc brings internet connectivity and functionality to the driver and other vehicle occupants more easily than ever before. They can, in effect, be ‘always on’, which is to say they are online whenever they choose while in the car. The Volkswagen Car-Net applications ‘App Connect’, ‘Guide & Inform’ (wide variety of online information) and ‘Security & Service’ (online services) are provided for this.

The latest generation of the modular infotainment matrix, App-Connect, allows the T-Roc to connect with today's Apple and Android smartphones. Along with MirrorLink (Android), App-Connect now also integrates Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (Google) into the infotainment systems.

Car-Net ‘Guide & Inform’ allows T-Roc customers to access a wide range of online services. These include Online POI Search, Online Destination Import, Route Import, Filling Stations (location and price), News, Parking Spaces (location, availability and price), Weather, and Online Traffic Information.

Car-Net ‘Security & Service’ enables access to assistance in a wide range of situations. Highlights include services such as Emergency Service, Automatic Accident Reporting, Roadside Service and Service Scheduling (scheduling service with the service garage). Over and above this, ‘Security & Service’ offers functions such as checking whether the car is locked or whether the lights have been switched off (query via Car-Net on a smartphone or via the Car-Net portal on a PC).

Area alert is particularly interesting to anyone with a learner driver in the family. It automatically notifies the account holder if the T-Roc enters or leaves a predefined area, while Speed Alert is activated as soon as a certain driving speed is exceeded. Another useful feature is the Online Anti-theft Alarm; if an attempt is made to break into the car, the T-Roc sends a warning message by push notification to the Volkswagen Car-Net app (including via smartwatch) and/or notification by email.

Wireless Charging & Keyless Access. In the new T-Roc with the ‘wireless smartphone charger’, it is also possible to supply power to smartphones inductively (for compatible phones). This phone interface can also be used to inductively connect smartphones to the car’s external aerial.

ENGINES, TRANSMISSIONS AND RUNNING GEAR
The new T-Roc is offered with a variety of efficient turbocharged engine options: three petrol engines (TSI) and two diesels (TDI). These come in up to three power levels: 115 PS,

150 PS and, in the case of the petrol unit, 190 PS.

The 115 PS versions are offered with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox. In conjunction with the 150 PS engines, buyers can choose front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (4MOTION) as well as an automatically shifting dual clutch gearbox (7-speed DSG).

The 150 PS petrol engine is equipped with Active Cylinder Management (ACT) which delivers automatic deactivation of two cylinders. The 190 PS petrol engine is equipped with 7-speed DSG and 4MOTION as standard.

1.0 TSI: The entry-level petrol engine has three cylinders. This TSI develops, from 999 cc of engine displacement, an output of 115 PS (5,000 to 5,500 rpm) and maximum torque of 200 Nm (2,000 to 3,000 rpm). The SUV completes the sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 10.1 seconds. The front-wheel drive vehicle has a top speed of 116 mph. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 55.4 mpg: With its fuel tank capacity of 50 litres, the vehicle has a theoretical driving range of just over 600 miles between refuelling stops.

1.5 TSI EVO: This 1.5-litre 150 PS turbocharged petrol engine is equipped with Active Cylinder Management (automatic deactivation of two cylinders). Power peaks at 150 PS between 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and the peak torque figure of 250 Nm is on offer from just 1,500 rpm up to 3,500 rpm. This engine carries the T-Roc to a top speed of 127 mph, and delivers a 0-62 mph sprint time of 8.4 seconds. Economy on the combined cycle is measured at 53.3 mpg (SE and Design models), and 52.3 mpg for SEL spec T-Rocs.    

2.0 TSI: The TSI with a displacement of 1,984 cc and an output of 190 PS (4,180 rpm to 6,000 rpm) accelerates the T-Roc to 62 mph in just 7.2 seconds. The SUV reaches a top speed of 134 mph. The engine boasts a potent maximum torque figure of 320 Nm (1,500 rpm to 4,180 rpm). Fuel consumption (combined) is measured at 41.5 mpg for the 2.0 TSI 4MOTION DSG.

1.6 TDI: Performance and economy data to be confirmed. 

2.0 TDI: The larger capacity turbodiesel engine in the T-Roc – a 2.0 TDI with power of up to 150 PS (3,500 to 4,000 rpm) – is an extremely efficient unit. It develops its maximum torque of 340 Nm from a low 1,750 rpm (up to 3,000 rpm). When mated to the six-speed manual gearbox, this SUV – with a top speed of 124 mph – accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 8.7 seconds. Its performance contrasts with its low fuel consumption, measured on the combined cycle, of 56.5 mpg in 4MOTION form.

An overview of all powertrain versions in T-Roc:

Petrol engines:
1.0 TSI 115 PS, 200 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI 150 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive
1.5 TSI 150 PS, 250 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION
2.0 TSI 190 PS, 320 Nm, 7-speed DSG, 4MOTION

Diesel engines:
1.6 TDI 115 PS, 250 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive
2.0 TDI 150 PS, 340 Nm, 6-speed gearbox, 4MOTION
2.0 TDI 150 PS, 340 Nm, 7-speed DSG, front-wheel drive

4MOTION all-wheel drive
The 4MOTION versions of the T-Roc are equipped with a permanent all-wheel drive system. Drive torque is distributed between the front and rear wheels via an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch, and is regulated according to various factors such as the engine’s momentary torque output. This distribution is need-based – the focus here is on always maintaining optimal traction, and thereby driving safety, while attaining the best possible fuel economy.

Under low engine drive torque conditions, or during kick-down, forward propulsion comes primarily from the front axle, while the rear axle is partially decoupled. This basic drive configuration saves fuel. If necessary, the rear axle can be variably engaged within fractions of a second. The T-Roc has genuine off-road potential thanks to its all-wheel drive system and ground clearance of 161 mm.

4MOTION Active Control and driving profile selection. All of the all-wheel drive versions of the T-Roc have 4MOTION Active Control with driving profile selection as standard. The system is operated via the 4MOTION Active Control dial on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various pop-up menus.

When the rotary dial is turned to the left, one of the two on-road profiles will be activated: ‘Street’ and ‘Snow’. When the switch is turned to the right, the two off-road modes are available: ‘Offroad’ (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or ‘Offroad Individual’ (variable settings). 4MOTION Active Control adapts all relevant assistance systems to the driving situation in a matter of seconds.

Driving profile selection is also included as standard in the 4MOTION SEL and R-Line models. It allows the driver to individually control – depending on standard and optional equipment – parameters for the DSG, automatic air conditioning, electromechanical power steering, adaptive chassis control (DCC) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The driver can choose from five profiles: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual. For models with front-wheel drive, driving profile selection can be ordered as an option.

CONVENIENCE AND ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS
The T-Roc can be adapted to a driver’s particular preferences via a large range of convenience systems, including advanced features such as adaptive chassis control (DCC). The system's electrically adjustable dampers enable the T-Roc running gear tuning to be very sporty, or more pliant. The car’s dynamic character and comfort are also optimised by progressive steering, which was originally introduced in the Mk VII Golf GTI (enabling better control in a sporty driving and yet also making manoeuvring easier).

Other convenience systems include electric actuation of the boot lid; the keyless locking and starting system Keyless Entry; a two-zone Climatronic system and steering wheel heating.

The optional panoramic sunroof brings ample light into the T-Roc interior. At 870 mm wide and 1,364 mm long this tilting/sliding sunroof – consisting of two glass parts – is among the largest in the market segment, at T-Roc launch (December 2017).

Bristling with advanced and innovative assistance systems, the T-Roc is a clear leader in its market segment when it comes to these types of technology. Standard features on all T-Roc vehicles include: the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System; the active lane keeping system Lane Assist and the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking.

The Driver Alert System is also standard on some versions of T-Roc, while other options that can be configured for the SUV include numerous additional assistance systems.

A summary of all systems offered for the T-Roc (for details, see ‘Technical Glossary’ section):

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Emergency Assist
  • Light Assist
  • Driver Alert System
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
  • Park Assist
  • Proactive occupant protection system
  • Rear View camera
  • Lane Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display (coming in 2018)

It is simple to adapt the convenience, assistance and infotainment systems in the T-Roc to the individual driver. This is done via the personalisation function, included as standard. From the multifunction display, the driver can save individual settings for more than 100 parameters – depending on the features installed in the specific vehicle. They are activated as soon as the driver opens the T-Roc with his or her personal key.

TECHNICAL GLOSSARY
ACC – Adaptive Cruise Control: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses a sensor to measure the distance to the vehicle in front, and their relative speed. Using the relevant buttons on the multifunction steering wheel, the driver sets a desired time value for following distance and desired speed (between 19 mph and 130 mph in the T-Roc with a manual gearbox, and 0 to

130 mph with DSG). When following other vehicles, the driver may optionally choose to have a comparison of the target and actual gaps shown on the multifunction display. A sensor constantly monitors the zone in front of the vehicle. The driver can interrupt ACC control and accelerate more vigorously by pressing the accelerator pedal. Use of the brake pedal immediately deactivates the ACC function.

Active Cylinder Management: Active Cylinder Management is a cylinder deactivation system. When travelling within certain engine and driving speed ranges, two of the four cylinders are deactivated regardless of which gear is selected – a process that is essentially imperceptible to the driver. This optimises the engine's operating efficiency while significantly reducing fuel consumption. The multifunction display indicates which engine mode is currently active.

Active Info Display: Volkswagen is offering fully digital instruments for the T-Roc in the form of the Active Info Display. The high-resolution screen (10.3-inch) makes it possible to adapt instruments to personal preferences in various screen views.

App-Connect: Car-Net App-Connect makes it possible to connect a smartphone to the Composition Media radio system or Discover Navigation Media navigation system. This enables users to operate selected mobile phone apps from the touchscreen. App-Connect integrates three interfaces to connect smartphones: MirrorLink™, Android Auto™ from Google and Apple CarPlay™. This means that it is compatible with all of today’s smartphones running Android 5.0 or higher and Apple iOS 8.1 or higher.

ASR – traction control: The traction control system (ASR) offers added convenience and safety, particularly when driving on slippery roads or surfaces with differing degrees of grip. The traction control system facilitates smooth drive-off and acceleration without wheel spin or fishtailing. ASR interacts with the electronic accelerator pedal; it also makes use of the wheel speed sensors of the anti-lock braking system (ABS). If a sudden increase in speed is detected from a wheel (i.e. slip), the system intervenes in the engine controller to counter this effect by throttling back engine power.

Rear Traffic Alert: Rear Traffic Alert enhances safety. It is offered in combination with the Blind Spot Monitor. Rear Traffic Alert takes much of the risk out of reversing from driveways and parking spaces that are at right angles to the road. The system not only ‘recognises’ stationary or moving vehicles directly behind the T-Roc, but also vehicles approaching from the side which are barely visible to the driver. The radar-based sensor module even detects objects at distances of up to 40 metres and recognises objects moving at speeds of 3 mph or faster. If a collision is imminent, the system produces an audible warning. If the driver or other road user does not take action to avert the danger, or if there is a risk of immediate collision, the Rear Traffic Alert system automatically activates the car’s brakes.

Blind Spot Monitor – lane change system: The Blind Spot Monitor assists the driver in changing lanes. Two radar systems at the rear of the vehicle scan zones up to approx. 50 metres rearward, as well as the blind spot next to the vehicle. Whether or not the driver is changing lanes, the Blind Spot Monitor shows all vehicles that are located in a critical zone for lane changes. Active from 19 mph, the system alerts the driver of a potential hazard by illuminating a constant light in the relevant exterior mirror. If the driver activates the turn indicator despite the warning, the LED on that side begins to flash at a higher intensity to call the driver's attention to the hazard.

DCC – Dynamic Chassis Control: Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) makes it possible to adjust the running gear to a normal, sporty or enhanced comfort mode. The electrically adjustable damping system adapts automatically to this setting, as does the electromechanical power steering. DCC responds continually to changing driving situations and takes braking, steering and accelerating actions into account.

DSG – dual clutch gearbox: Dual clutch gearboxes (DSG) consist of two independent gearbox units. As they move through the gears, the dual clutch mechanism enables alternating engagement with the engine via two drive shafts – one for each of the two gearboxes. The dual clutch gearbox enables automatic gear changes without any interruption in power transmission. The gearbox is controlled by a mechatronics module, which houses the electronic transmission control unit, various sensors and hydraulic actuators in a single compact unit.

Emergency Assist: Emergency Assist monitors driver activity – such as use of the accelerator pedal, brakes and steering – and helps, within system limits, to prevent accidents and reduce the potential consequences of an accident if the driver is incapacitated for health reasons. If the driver fails to respond, the system prompts him or her to correct the steering by means of repeated brake jolts, and it automatically applies the brakes. In this process, ACC monitors the distance to traffic ahead, while Lane Assist ensures that the vehicle stays within its lane. Emergency Assist alerts other road users to an issue via the hazard warning lights and with gentle steering movements to sway the car within its lane and safely slows the vehicle down – all the way to a standstill.

4MOTION – all-wheel drive: 4MOTION is Volkswagen’s permanent all-wheel drive system. It distributes the engine’s power to all four wheels as the situation demands. In vehicles with transverse-mounted engines, an all-wheel drive coupling is used. 4MOTION offers a high level of active safety, reliable traction and optimal directional stability at all times. 4MOTION operates together with all of the car's dynamic control systems such as ESC, ASR and EDS.

4MOTION Active Control and driving profile selection: All of the all-wheel drive versions of the T-Roc have 4MOTION Active Control with driving profile selection as standard. The system is operated via the 4MOTION Active Control rotary switch on the centre console. The driver uses it to activate four higher-level modes and various pop-up menus. When the rotary switch is turned to the left, one of the two on-road profiles is activated: ‘Street’ and ‘Snow’. When the switch is turned to the right, the two off-road modes are available: ‘Offroad’ (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or ‘Offroad Individual’ (variable settings). 4MOTION Active

Control adapts all relevant assistance systems to the driving situation in just seconds. Driving profile selection is also included as standard in 4MOTION-equipped models. It allows the driver to individually control – depending on the standard and optional equipment on the car - parameters for DSG, automatic air conditioning, electromechanical power steering, Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The driver chooses from five profiles: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual. For models with front-wheel drive, driving profile selection can also be ordered as an option.

Front Assist – area monitoring system: The Front Assist area monitoring system uses sensors (radars/lasers) to detect situations where the distance to the vehicle ahead is critically low, and helps to shorten the T-Roc’s stopping distance. In dangerous situations the system alerts the driver by visual and audible signals and a jolt of the brakes. Front Assist operates independently of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). It also ‘prepares’ the brake system for emergency braking. If the driver then applies the brakes, full braking power is available immediately. If the braking is not forceful enough, Front Assist increases the braking pressure to the degree needed. In the T-Roc, Front Assist also offers help at low speeds via City Emergency Braking System. If the driver does not react, Front Assist automatically and independently initiates automatic partial braking, in order to slow the vehicle down sufficiently and regain the driver’s attention. In situations where a collision is unavoidable, the driver is also aided by automatic hard braking.

Pedestrian Monitoring: Pedestrian Monitoring is an extension of Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System. The system utilises two sensors at the front of the vehicle – a radar sensor in the radiator grille and a camera in the base of the interior rear-view mirror – to acquire information on the zone in front of the vehicle. Within system limits it can, for example, detect a pedestrian suddenly stepping out onto the carriageway. This immediately triggers audible and visual signals to warn the driver. If the driver does not brake, a brake jolt provides a warning of the critical distance, and the brake system is simultaneously prepared for possible hard braking. If the driver again fails to respond, the system automatically initiates emergency braking within system limits.

Lane Assist – lane-keeping system: The lane-keeping system Lane Assist is started from the multifunction display and is then active from a driving speed of 37 mph. A camera module in the area of the interior mirror acquires lane markings and evaluates the vehicle's position. If the vehicle begins to leave its driving lane, Lane Assist warns the driver – within its system limits and depending on the model – by means of an audible signal, vibration of the steering wheel or a corrective steering intervention. The signal is always made unobtrusively to avoid annoying the driver. The system does not react if the turn signal was set before driving over a lane line.

Light Assist – main beam control system: Light Assist improves comfort and safety in the T-Roc by automatically controlling the car’s main beam headlight activation. A camera on the rear-view mirror monitors traffic. Light Assist automatically switches the main beam on – starting at a driving speed of 40 mph and in completely dark conditions. The system recognises vehicles driving ahead, and oncoming traffic, and automatically dips the headlights before drivers of those vehicles are dazzled. This automatic switching between the main and dipped beam ensures optimal illumination of the road ahead.

Driver Alert: The Driver Alert system recommends that the driver take a break whenever necessary. It detects deviations from normal driving behaviour, and is helpful on long journeys. The system continually evaluates driving behaviour at speeds from 40 mph and determines whether the driver is fit to drive. It evaluates various signals, such as steering inputs. If it detects driver fatigue, the system gives both visual and audible cues to the driver to take a break.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking: Around one-quarter of all accidents that result in personal injury involve multiple collisions. Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking system can help to avoid secondary collisions or reduce their severity. After an initial collision, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking system initiates a braking action – within system limits – even before the driver can react. This can reduce the severity of the accident and ideally prevent secondary collisions.

Park Assist: Park Assist automatically guides the T-Roc into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces, and it can also pull the car out of parallel parking spaces. The system helps the driver by autonomously making optimal steering wheel movements to follow an ideal line when reverse parking. Park Assist automatically scans the parking space, assigns a starting position and makes the steering movements – the driver only need accelerate and brake. The system also works to reduce parking and manoeuvring collisions when reversing.

Proactive occupant protection system: The proactive occupant protection system uses sensors of the ESC and Front Assist to detect critical situations. If the system detects such a situation, the vehicle occupants and the vehicle are prepared for a potential crash. This involves tensioning the seat belts in the front to securely hold the driver and front-seat passenger and, but for a small gap, closing any open windows and sunroof.

Progressive steering: Compared to a conventional steering system, progressive steering takes significantly fewer turns of the steering wheel to reach its end stop. The progressive steering ratio reduces steering work when parking, for example. It also leads to optimised, more direct and controlled steering response, which makes everyday driving more comfortable and enhances handling on roads with a lot of bends.

Traffic Jam Assist: Traffic Jam Assist utilises functions such as ACC and Lane Assist to enable convenient and safe stop-and-go driving in a traffic jam. In heavy traffic at driving speeds from 0 to 37 mph the system responds to other vehicles and autonomously handles steering, accelerating and braking. When traffic comes to a standstill, it also brakes the vehicle to a stop and can drive off again within a predefined time interval. In contrast to pure Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Traffic Jam Assist uses a camera behind the windscreen to detect lane markings. This enables the vehicle to be kept in the lane via Lane Assist.

SERVICING
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their T-Roc. They can choose Fixed Service or Flexible Service and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service regime is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking. In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months

Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.

In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the Flexible regime, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 20,000 miles (approx) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes. An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Fixed and Flexible at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s lifetime it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

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