Update: ‘2022 VW T-Roc Cabriolet’ section and ‘1 million T-Roc units sold’ sub-section added.
The VW T-Roc, the German automaker’s Euro-focused compact crossover, received its mid-life facelift four years after its introduction. The company is amid a massive EV onslaught, but it’s leaving out electrification in the compact crossover segment.
Volkswagen didn’t implement mild-hybrid technology in the sixth-generation VW Polo or second-generation VW Tiguan facelifts in 2021. The company has skipped electrification for the T-Roc as well. The 2022 VW T-Roc will be available only with conventional 1.0L TSI petrol, 1.5L TSI petrol, 2.0L TSI petrol, and 2.0L TDI diesel engines. A 6-speed manual and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic are the transmission choices, and an AWD system is available optionally.
2022 VW T-Roc design
The 2022 VW T-Roc has subtle design changes and looks slightly sharper than the previous model. IQ.Light with LED matrix headlights and a light strip in the radiator grille give the new model a more sophisticated look and improve road presence. The reshaped motif on the front bumper sides gives the updated SUV a tougher styling. Newly designed alloy wheels in 17 and 19-inch sizes and revised rear lights with new graphics and dynamic turn signals are the other exterior changes.
Design changes are more noticeable on the inside. Volkswagen has introduced a newly designed dashboard, a sleeker steering wheel, a more contemporary center console housing a new climate control panel, and a new tablet-style touchscreen infotainment system from the MIB3 family. On the safety front, new IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist and Predictive Cruise Control allow assisted steering, braking, and acceleration in the 2022 T-Roc.
2022 VW T-Roc Cabriolet
Volkswagen will continue to offer the cabriolet body-style of the T-Roc. Like the outgoing model, it features an electrically operated, three-layer, soft fabric top that can open in under nine seconds. Volkswagen will retail the model in the Style and R-Line variants.
Customers going for the soft-top get three powertrain options. They get to choose from a 110hp 1-litre TSI that can be had with a 6-speed manual gearbox. A more powerful 1.5-litre TSI with 150 hp is also on offer. This engine can be had with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG.
2022 VW T-Roc release date
The 2022 VW T-Roc is available to order since November 2021. The new T-Roc range will appear at dealers in spring 2022, and it will cost EUR 23,495 onwards. On the other hand, the T-Roc Cabriolet starts at EUR 31,850 for the base Style variant with the 1-litre TSI engine.
Second-generation VW T-Roc confirmed with hybrid
T-Roc fans disappointed by the lack of electrification will be happy to read this! Looking ahead, one can expect an all-new second-generation T-Roc to appear by 2024 powered by more efficient gasoline engines and stronger electrification. Volkswagen is shifting to electric cars, and not all combustion vehicles will get successors. However, in the announcement dated 5 March 2021, VW classifies T-Roc, Golf, Tiguan, Passat, and Tayron as core models that will receive successors with plug-in hybrid technology and an electric range of 100 km (62 miles).
We will still need combustion engines for a while, but they should be as efficient as possible, which is why the next generation of our core products (including Golf, Tiguan, Passat, Tayron and T-ROC) – all of which are world models – will also be fitted with the latest generation of plug-in hybrid technology, with an electric range of up to 100 kilometers.Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen, in March 2021
The VW T-Roc PHEV should get a new Volkswagen plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of the 1.5-liter TSI EVO petrol engine and a permanent magnet synchronous motor integrated into the gearbox housing. A lithium-ion battery pack with an energy storage capacity of around 15 kWh could supply the electric motor. The all-new system may debut in the next-gen VW Tiguan in 2023.
With Volkswagen targeting an EV mode range of up to 100 km (62 miles) from its next-gen PHEVs, the T-Roc PHEV could be among its most eco-friendly internal combustion engine models. The company could equip it with an 11 kW three-phase on-board charger to encourage customers to use it mostly in EV mode due to faster charging (compared to older PHEVs with lower capacity single-phase OBCs).
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The next-gen VW T-Roc promises to vastly improve its driving dynamics. Volkswagen is developing a new control chassis technology and could offer it in the next-gen T-Roc. When the company demonstrated its new high-tech chassis in an Arteon Shooting Brake in November 2021, the car was very composed, showing no pitching. The new control chassis offers comfortable driving, which could also be helpful to make performance models like the T-Roc R more practical for public roads.
1 million T-Roc units sold
It’s not surprising that VW thinks of the T-Roc as its core model. Within four years of its launch, Volkswagen had managed to sell 1 million units of the T-Roc worldwide. In 2017, the crossover was launched, followed by the sporty T-Roc R by the end of 2019. Spring 2020 onwards, VW also introduced the T-Roc cabriolet that has contributed to the overall sales.
The improved next-gen VW T-Roc (with the PHEV system) could go on sale in the second half of 2024.
2022 VW T-Roc FAQs
What is the new VW T-Roc release date?
The refreshed VW T-Roc will go on sale in spring 2022. An all-new T-Roc with a PHEV system is now expected in 2024.
Which SUVs will the 2022 VW T-Roc compete against?
What is the new VW T-Roc price?
The base VW T-Roc facelift is priced at EUR 23,495.
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