The first examples of the facelifted T-Roc compact crossover are set to arrive with local Volkswagen dealers next April, with price rises reflecting improved equipment levels across the range.
Volkswagen has decided to smarten up the popular car just four years after it first went on sale; since the start of 2017, the German company has shifted over one million examples worldwide. The mid-cycle refresh applies to the regular T-Roc model, the all-wheel-drive performance-orientated T-Roc R, and canvas roofed T-Roc cabriolet.
Fitting all derivatives with the firm’s ‘Digital Cockpit’ instrument cluster, and redesigning the look and feel of the dash’s infotainment display, are among the key interior changes. Depending on trim, the tablet-shaped touchscreen measures either 8- or 9.2-inches, and the configurable driver display can be up-graded to a larger 10.25-inch system.
The multimedia system is supported by Volkswagen’s latest software called ‘MIB3’. This allows for real-time traffic sign recognition, voice commands and Bluetooth smartphone integration. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and access to streaming services are available through the optional ‘WeConnect’ suite.
As part of the 2022-model year changes, safety has been increased to include front assist and lane assist as standard together with IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist and Predictive Cruise Control. This can control steering, braking and acceleration at speeds of up to 130mph and relies on the T-Roc’s front facing camera and sat-nav information.
Outside, LED lights framed within slightly reworked headlamps come as standard, with matrix LEDs, as well as an illuminated strip that extends across the radiator and into the DRLs, a cost option.
Around the back, the tail-lights feature new LED graphics and the bumper profile has also been altered. New alloy wheel profiles measuring between 17- and 19-inches have been added, while the colour palette now has five extra shades.
‘Life’, ‘Style’ and ‘R-Line’ make up the regular model’s trim line, with ‘Style’ examples getting two-tone paintwork and additional chrome elements. As for ‘R-Line’, the design and equipment are now based “to an even greater extent on the top model T-Roc R”, the brand says.
T-Roc and T-Roc convertible customers can choose from a 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed automatic and three petrol engines: a three-cylinder, 1-litre TSI with 108bhp, a four-cylinder, 1.5-litre TSI with 148bhp and a four pot 2-litre petrol that develops 187bhp. A 2-litre turbo diesel is also offered in two states of tune: 113bhp and 148bhp.
‘R’ versions are powered by a turbocharged 2-litre petrol that is good for 296bhp and 295lb ft of torque. Power it relayed to all four corners through a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.