Volkswagen has started testing the T-Roc compact SUV in India. The newest rival for Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos will be out by mid-2020.
Seeing the growing competition in the mid-size SUV segment, many automakers are pulling up their sleeves. Amongst them, is Volkswagen launching the T-Roc in India, which was already started its testing near Pune.
The T-Roc is a mid-size SUV that will come in 13-20 Lakh range, competing against a lot of rivals. It will go against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks and Mahindra XUV500. To mention, even Maruti is gearing up for the same set of rivals.
In the latest set of spy shots, the front portion styling has been partially revealed. Although it is spied under camouflage, the India-spec T-Roc would not be very different looking in comparison the global-spec model. As far as we speculate, it would look exactly the same.
For starters, it gets the two-slat grille with the big Volkswagen logo in between. The grille is flanked by a casing consisting of dual-barrel projector headlamps. On the bumper, you get the fog lamps which are surrounded by LED DRLs. You also get faux air-vents with LED turn indicators integrated for a sporty appeal.
Further, you get five-spoke alloy wheels, blacked-out cladding around the bumpers, wrap-around LED taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler and dual-tone rear bumper. The alloy-wheels are completely different from the one in the global markets.
Powering the Volkswagen T-Roc, will be a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, that will offer nearly 150 BHP and 200 Nm of peak torque. For transmission, it will get a 7-speed DSG gearbox like the one seen on Polo GT TSI and Vento GT TSI.
Reports suggest that Volkswagen could directly import the T-Roc in India. As per Government’s rule, an automaker can import up to 2,500 units in a year. After importing, Volkswagen could test the waters with this SUV and if the demand is good, it could start locally producing it.