2021 VW T-Roc (facelift) coming soon; could it include a hybrid? [Update]

The VW T-Roc is four years old, and Volkswagen is almost ready with an updated version. “We will also be updating our successful T-Roc and Polo models in terms of design, quality, and digitalization,” Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, said at the company’s annual media conference on March 17, 2021.

2021 VW T-Roc facelift release date presentation
The new VW T-Roc will debut in Q4 2021. PA stands for ‘Product Action’ or ‘facelift’ in automotive parlance. Image Source: Official Volkswagen News youtube channel

Will a VW T-Roc hybrid launch in 2021?

Volkswagen didn’t implement mild-hybrid technology in the sixth-generation VW Polo or second-generation VW Tiguan facelifts this year. This decision brings into question whether the T-Roc will have a hybrid option when it’s refreshed for its mid-cycle update. The chances are that Volkswagen is likely following a different electrification strategy for the T-Roc because of its competitors launching models with electrification in its segment. For instance, Honda has announced the new HR-V as a hybrid-only vehicle for Europe, while the Nissan Qashqai e-Power is set to arrive by mid-2022.

The VW Golf and Golf Variant became the first Volkswagen cars with the company’s new 48-volt mild-hybrid drive last year. Volkswagen says that its mild-hybrid system can reduce fuel consumption by 0.4 litres per 100 km. Additional benefits of mild-hybrid technology include reduced CO2 emissions and electric boost function.

Volkswagen could offer the 2021 VW T-Roc mild-hybrid with either of the Golf’s 1.5-liter eTSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine options. In the Golf, the base engine produces 96 kW (129 hp) and 200 Nm (148 lb.-ft.) of torque, while the top-end engine develops 110 kW (147 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) of torque. The low-output engine may come with only a 6-speed manual gearbox (MQ200), while the high-output engine could be offered with the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox (DQ200) optionally.

We will also be updating our successful T-Roc and Polo models in terms of design, quality and digitalization.

Ralf Brandstatter, CEO, Volkswagen, at the company’s annual media conference on March 17.

Volkswagen could offer the new T-Roc as a plug-in hybrid as well. In that case, one can expect the familiar powertrain set up of budget Volkswagen Group PHEVs. Comprising a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, this plug-in hybrid system may offer 150 kW (204 PS/201 bhp) of power and 350 Nm torque. A chargeable 13 kWh battery pack could provide an EV range of around 50-60 km (31-37 miles).

2021 VW T-Roc design

Spy shots have revealed the 2021 VW T-Roc with subtle design changes. At the front, it will come with tweaked headlamps with IQ.Light LED matrix technology and new graphics, a new radiator grille featuring a single horizontal bar in the centre, a thicker chrome strip on the top, and chunky inserts, taller outer air inlets, and a new lower intake featuring a honeycomb pattern. While the current T-Roc has separate housings for the DRLs, the new model will integrate them inside the headlamps.

On the side, Volkswagen has revised the mirrors and given them extended turn indicators. The tail lamps also have new graphics, and the plastic elements on the rear bumper sides are new. The new tail lamps are reminiscent of the VW Golf Mk8. The R-Line trim will likely have a styling even closer to that of the R variant (of the old model).

Inside, expect the availability of the third-gen MIB (MIB3) infotainment system options to be the key change. A more advanced 10-inch fully digital instrument cluster could serve as an upgrade. The biggest available centre screen could also measure 10 inches diagonally instead of 9.2 inches in the old model. The new infotainment systems should include a natural voice assistant that responds to a “Hello Volkswagen” prompt.

2021 T-Roc release date

The product roadmap Brandstatter presented at the company’s annual media conference confirmed that the 2021 VW T-Roc will premiere in Q4 2021 (Oct-Dec 2021). A report from Auto Zeitung suggests the VW T-Roc Cabriolet facelift would follow in September 2022.

Second generation VW T-Roc confirmed with hybrid

Looking ahead, one can expect an all-new second-generation T-Roc to appear mid-decade 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 March 5, 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).

2021 VW T-Roc FAQs

What is the new VW T-Roc release date?

Volkswagen has indicated the launch of the new T-Roc in Q4 2021 (Oct-Dec 2021).

Which SUVs will the 2021 VW T-Roc compete with?

The T-Roc will compete with the Toyota C-HR, Mini Countryman, Opel Mokka X, Fiat 500 X & Honda HR-V.

What will be the new VW T-Roc facelift price?

The base VW T-Roc facelift may cost around EUR 25,000.

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