The VW T-Roc, the German automaker’s Euro-focused compact crossover, has received its mid-life facelift four years after its introduction. The company is in the midst of 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 this year. The company has skipped electrification for the T-Roc as well now.
The VW Golf and Golf Variant became the first Volkswagen cars with the company’s new 48-volt mild-hybrid drive in 2020. 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.
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. 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 provide it with improved road presence. The reshaped motif on the sides of the front bumper 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 among 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 centre 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 release date
Depending on the configuration, the 2022 VW T-Roc will become available to order as early as the end of this week. The new T-Roc will become available at dealers in spring 2022, and it will cost EUR 23,495 onwards.
Second generation VW T-Roc confirmed with hybrid
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
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 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).
VW T-Roc PHEV in inevitable in the next generation
The VW T-Roc has not received plug-in hybrid or even mild-hybrid technology in its first generation. However, in the second generation, a VW T-Roc PHEV will certainly be a part of the model range.
Volkswagen (the brand) expects its EVs to account for 70% of its sales in European countries and 50% of its sales in China and the U.S. by 2030. In other countries, the level of penetration would be even lower. In other words, the company’s combustion engine models will remain on sale for well over a decade.
Core models, including the VW T-Roc, will get another successor, Volkswagen said in a press release detailing its Accelerate strategy in March 2021. The immediate next statement was from CEO Ralf Brandstatter, which all but confirmed a VW T-Roc PHEV is coming in the next generation:
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 – 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.
The VW T-Roc PHEV could get a newly developed plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of the 1.5-litre 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 plug-in hybrid 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 one of its most eco-friendly internal combustion engine models. The company could equip it with an 11 kW three-phase on-board charger so that customers feel encouraged 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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In addition to being more eco-friendly, the next-gen VW T-Roc could offer better 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, there was no pitching and the car was very composed. The new control chassis offers more comfortable driving, which could be useful to make hardcore performance models like the T-Roc R practical for public roads.
The next-gen VW T-Roc could debut in the summer of 2023 and go on sale by early 2024.
New VW T-Roc FAQs
What is the new VW T-Roc release date?
The new VW T-Roc will go on sale in spring 2022.
Which SUVs will the 2022 VW T-Roc compete with?
What will be the new VW T-Roc facelift price?
The base VW T-Roc facelift will cost around EUR 23,495.
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