Volkswagen T-Roc R will make its world premiere at the opening press day of the 89th Geneva Motor Show on March 5
Volkswagen has revealed the second teaser of its T-Roc R that was previewed at the start of February under heavy camouflage while testing at the gruelling Nurburgring. Just as any other manufacturer, Volkswagen considers Nurburgring’s varying surface conditions and seemingly never-ending corners and long straights as the perfect venue to test a performance model.
The T-Roc R is currently in a close-to-production conceptual state and it will be unveiled at the opening press day of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show on March 5. The design sketch further emphasises what we already so far as the R variant begs to differ from the standard T-Roc SUV that is positioned above the India-bound T-Cross SUV based on the MQB A0 architecture.
The 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc R will have a spruced up exterior courtesy of a bolder body kit. It is accompanied by aggressive finishes to the front fascia, wider air intake, set of larger alloy wheels, muscular wheel arches, lowered stance due to stiffened suspension bits and wider front and rear track for optimised performance and sportier handling characteristics.
We can expect the rear to boast functional diffuser and a quad exhaust system to complement other cosmetic changes. The German manufacturer is banking heavily on the SUV and crossover sales across the globe and the volume-bearing T-Roc is not an exception. The top-of-the-line T-Roc R variant will come equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine.
It should be good enough to develop a maximum power output of at least 300 hp and 400 Nm. Volkswagen is expected to offer a six-speed manual transmission while a seven-speed DSG automatic unit could be sold as an option. Power will be sent to all the four wheels through a 4Motion AWD system. Volkswagen will present a slew of driver assistance and safety features on-board the T-Roc R as well.
A convertible version of the T-Roc is also in the pipeline and it will be available only in a select list of markets. Volkswagen Group’s India 2.0 strategy will see the first product coming out next year. The heavily localised MQB A0 IN platform based Skoda compact SUV will spawn a Volkswagen cousin that will more likely be closely aligned with the T-Cross.