► Style-conscious SUV tweaked inside and out
► Updates apply to SUV, Cabrio and T-Roc R
► Expected to arrive in the UK in early 2022
Volkswagen is refreshing its T-Roc SUV for the new year, with slight tweaks and tech updates to the regular crossover as well as the wacky Cabriolet and punchy T-Roc R.
The changes are slight and minor, as VW treads the thin line between keeping the car fresh without modifying a successful formula; the brand says more than a million have been sold since it was introduced in 2017.
It looks the same!
Told you the changes were slight. Compared to the pre-facelift model, the T-Roc’s face has been scrunched up a little, with frownier headlights and a shallower grille. Like the latest Golf and the burgeoning range of ID cars, you can now also spec your T-Roc with ‘IQ.Light’ matrix LEDs complete with a light bar that runs across the width of the grille. There are new colours and wheel designs, and VW’s still persisting with the T-Roc Cabriolet.
Inside, the changes are as predictable. Tweaks to the infotainment and digital instruments are accompanied by the switch to touch panel air-con controls and haptic buttons on the steering wheel inside. The layout has changed, with the central screen standing proud of the dashboard, instead of being inset into it and VW promises material quality has improved (which is something we’ve repeatedly picked on with the pre-facelift car). VW promises more digital and connectivity options through its We Connect app, too.
Has it gone electric?
Nope. It’s not even a mild hybrid – very un-2021. The engine range remains effectively the same with three TSI petrol engines (a 109bhp 1.0-litre, a 148bhp 1.5-litre and a 187bhp 2.0-litre) and two 2.0-litre diesels (113bhp or 148bhp). All-wheel drive is an option on the higher-powered engines.
The hot T-Roc R, too, has the same amount of power as before, with 297bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot.
When can I buy one?
VW says the refreshed T-Roc is available within the first couple of months of 2022. The trim structure has changed, with the new versions being Life, Style and R-Line.
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