CERNOBBIO, Italy -- Volkswagen brand said its T-Roc, a latecomer to the booming SUV market, will set the benchmark in its class.
"With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities and will give our SUV offensive added momentum," VW brand CEO Herbert Diess said at the car’s unveiling here on Wednesday.
VW is positioning the T-Roc as its second offering in the compact SUV segment, where it will be sold alongside the larger Tiguan. At 4234mm long, the T-Roc is 252mm shorter than the Tiguan.
The T-Roc brings a very expressive, even "sassy" design to the streets, VW design chief Klaus Bischoff said.
VW said the T-Roc will be priced in the 20,000-euro class in its German home market.
It will have front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive options, along with engines and technology currently available in VW's best-seller, the Golf and in the Tiguan. Automatic braking at low speeds to avoid a collision and lane keeping will be standard. Adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist are among the T-Roc's safety equipment options.
The T-Roc's luggage capacity -- 445 liters rising to 1,290 liters with the rear seats down -- is among the best in its class, VW said.
The infotainment system can be used with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Engine options are three gasoline and three diesel units.