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    Geneva 2019: Volkswagen Brings the T-Roc R

      All the goodness of the Golf R in a crossover package.

    Ahead of the Geneva Auto Show, Volkswagen has unveiled the R version of their T-Roc crossover.  The T-Roc is a small crossover not (yet?) sold in the U.S. that slots below the Tiguan and most directly related to the Volkswagen Golf.  Standard models went into production for the European market in 2017. That brings us to 2019 and the unveiling of the 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc R.

    The T-Roc R is the new top of the line for the T-Roc range.  Shown above as a nearly production ready concept, the T-Roc R gets many of the upgrades the Golf R gets.  That includes a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the standard 4Motion Haldex all-wheel drive via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. That will hustle the T-Roc from 0-62 mph in 4.9 second with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. 

    Keeping all that power on the ground is a Golf R sports suspension that is lower to the ground and a standard progressive steering system. Drive modes help keep control and include a race mode and launch control that manages and maximized torque. The electronic stability control can be switched off for driving at the limit and 17-inch brakes help to bring it all to a stop.

    For now, the entire T-Roc line remains Forbidden Fruit in the U.S., but with crossover sales increasing rapidly, perhaps Volkswagen can be persuaded to send it over. 

    Volkswagen Press Release on Page 2

    New T-Roc R combines performance and lifestyle

    Volkswagen is set to present the T-Roc R, new top model for the successfully launched crossover product line, at the Geneva International Motor Show (7– 17 March 2019). Developed by Volkswagen R, this powerful vehicle boasts some impressive performance data: its four-cylinder TSI engine with 2.0 litre capacity and an output of 221 kW/300 PS as well as torque of 400 Nm. The standard combination with 7-gear DSG and 4Motion all-wheel drive ensures excellent acceleration without any loss of traction. The Volkswagen T-Roc R can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.


    The sports running gear (with lowered suspension) ensures ideal road holding. Progressive steering comes as standard and plays a part in ensuring agile driving behaviour; the 17-inch brake system provides effective braking. The driving modes include a special race mode, which guarantees an especially sporty driving experience. These measures are supplemented by the launch control feature, which provides optimal traction during acceleration while offering maximum drive torque and a corresponding stability management program. The ESC Electronic Stability Control feature can be manually switched off to ensure particularly dynamic driving at the limit.

    The sporty characteristics of the T-Roc R are underscored by the unmistakable design on the exterior and in the interior. The redesigned radiator grille has a polished silver band of anodised aluminium on the underside that runs the entire width of the vehicle. The bumper’s model-specific design is painted the same colour as the car. The light units in the vertically arranged daytime running lights are integrated into the front. The rear bumpers include visual air outlets in the upper part and an “R” diffuser in a contrasting colour. The double-ended exhaust system on both the left and right are specific to the “R” model. The T-Roc R is equipped with 18-inch Spielberg alloy wheels as standard. The 19-inch Pretoria Dark Graphite matte alloy wheels and 235/40 R19 tyres are available as an optional extra.

    The sill panel trims sport a stainless steel design and have the “R” logo, which can also be seen on the radiator grille and on the sides of the vehicle. The “R” logo is also displayed on the backs of the seats. The leather multifunction sports steering wheel with paddle levers and decorative stitching in Crystal Grey also shows its sporty side with the “R” logo, as does the black headliner and the greeting on the start screen. The pedals shimmer in stainless steel.

    The new crossover model for performance and lifestyle is based on the harmonious concept of the T-Roc, 200,000 units of which have already been sold. The new T-Roc R expands the broad range of the compact crossover with an emphatically sporty model for individualists who attach as much importance to a stylish appearance as to outstanding driving performance.

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    27 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Sharp looking little bugger, it would do well here I think in the US. They should bring it over immediately.

    Very... this is a sharp lil crossover... and with that powertrain it might even coax me into a VW showroom. 

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    23 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Given the US market appetite for crossovers, i could see this being a hit for VW here if they didn't go cray-cray w/ the pricing. 

    A Golf R starts at $40,395 here in the US.  The T-Roc would likely be at least that.

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    8 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    A Golf R starts at $40,395 here in the US.  The T-Roc would likely be at least that.

    Yeah, I was thinking of the lower trims.  I can't imagine much of a market here for the R.

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    1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

    Yeah, I was thinking of the lower trims.  I can't imagine much of a market here for the R.

    Toyota sells allot of the TRD Pro lineup here, I can see VW making bank selling the T-Roc R here.

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    On 2/25/2019 at 12:52 PM, Drew Dowdell said:

    The Tiguan starts at $24,295, and a Golf (which this is closely related to) is $21,845, so maybe they can't price the T-Roc low enough to fit under Tiguan and still make a profit on it.

    That's just a shame but I get it. 

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