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VW T-Roc R (2019) steps out: meet the hot crossover

Published: 15 May 2018

► Faster VW T-Roc R scooped
► New spy pics show hot SUV
► Expected on sale in 2019 

These new spy photographs confirm that it's not just EVs that float their boats in Wolfsburg these days: performance cars still matter, and here's evidence that a brawny VW T-Roc R crossover is on the way. It's expected on sale in 2019.

We caught it emerging from the group Volkswagen/Audi test facility at the Nurburgring in Germany.

Essentially a VW Golf R on stilts (thanks to the shared MQB architecture), the go-faster T-Roc shares the hot hatch's all-wheel drive powertrain and that extends to the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, CAR understands.

How powerful will the VW T-Roc R be?

Word is, it'll also share the peak power output of 306bhp. In a smaller but taller bodyshell, we'd anticipate key acceleration figures a little slower than the Golf R's 5.1sec 0-62mph time and top speed pegged back to 155mph. Bluff aerodynamics, a taller centre of gravity and a higher mass will all take their toll.

It's the second time we've spotted the T-Roc R prototype near the group Nurburgring test facility, where it is undergoing high-speed performance and endurance testing.

VW T-Roc R spy photos: a hot hatch on stilts

The quad tailpipes at the rear are a giveaway that this is no normal T-Roc, but it's not yet clear if a more aggressive aero package, bumpers and spoilers will be added to final production versions.

Simpler, reconfigured day-running lights (DRLs) can also be viewed in these new spyshots above. Volkswagen has pledged to keep the GTI badge for its purist hot hatchbacks; however, it's quite happy to let go-faster SUVs wear the R moniker.

Bigger brakes, larger-diameter alloy wheels and tuned suspension complete the VW T-Roc R look.

Spied in May 2018: the new VW T-Roc R emerges from the Volkswagen group test facility at the Nurburgring

The T-Roc range is selling well in the UK: Volkswagen UK has sold 4272 in the first four months of the year - and that's before the sportier R Line spec with its bigger wheels, sports suspension and bodykit arrives over summer 2018.

When can I buy a Volkswagen T-Roc R?

We expect to see the new, full-fat T-Roc R derivative later in 2018, probably at the Paris motor show in October. It's too early to talk about prices, but we'd be surprised if you'll see any change from £30,000 when it lands in British showrooms in the first half of 2019.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet