2021 VW T-Roc (facelift) confirmed, could include a hybrid

Introduced in August 2017, the VW T-Roc turns four in a few months. A 2021 VW T-Roc (facelift) is in the works, and unlike the current vehicle, the restyled version could be available as a hybrid.

“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. Another possible improvement in the new T-Roc should be efficiency through electrification.

The all-new VW Golf and all-new VW Golf Variant became the first Volkswagen cars with the company’s 48-volt mild-hybrid drive last year. This year, the VW T-Roc could adopt the new 48V mild-hybrid powertrain. Volkswagen says that its mild-hybrid system can reduce fuel consumption by 0.4 liters per 100 km. Additional benefits of the mild-hybrid include reduced CO2 emissions and electric boost function.

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

Volkswagen could offer the 2021 VW T-Roc mild-hybrid with one of the Golf’s two 1.5-liter eTSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine options, if not both. 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.

The design changes on the 2021 VW T-Roc may include a more expressive front-end with a bolder design for the radiator grille and headlamps, revised bumpers, tweaked tail lights, and new alloy wheels. 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 over the 10.3-inch unit. The biggest available center screen could also measure 10 inches diagonally instead of 9.2 inches in the old model.

The product roadmap Brandstatter presented at the company’s annual media conference this year confirms that the 2021 VW T-Roc will debut in Q4 2021 (Oct – Dec 2021). A new report from Auto Zeitung suggests the same, saying that the production of the new VW T-Roc facelift will begin in January 2022. It also says that the VW T-Roc Cabriolet facelift would follow in September 2022.

Second generation VW T-Roc confirmed

Looking ahead, one can expect a next generation T-Roc to appear mid-decade powered by more efficient gasoline engines and stronger electrification. Volkswagen has confirmed that not all combustion vehicles would get successors as it methodically transitions to pure electric cars. 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 electric range of 100 km.

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 2021 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 €25,000 (almost $30,000).

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