The Volkswagen T-Roc, launched in India in March of this year, is being sold as full import by Volkswagen India dealers. We can confirm that almost all of the T-Roc’s 1,000 units allocated for the Indian market are spoken for. For the Volkswagen brand, this comes as something of a pleasant surprise as the SUV went on sale just before the lockdown came into force.
Imported under the 2,500 unit homologation-free quota system that is applied to all car manufactures, what is much more remarkable is the fact that in only 40 days VW has been working almost to the whole collection. For those that are still interested in purchasing the T-Roc, due to cancelations, there are still a few cars available with dealers; mostly because VW did not take a reservation number.
Part of the T-Roc ‘s popularity is that it’s been aggressively priced at Rs 19.99 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). This is not usually the sort of SUV that attracts the eye of the public buying Indian vehicle. In the true sense of the word, the T-Roc is not a conventional-looking SUV; it is more a crossover, with a very raked glass house and sloping pillars of ‘A’ and ‘C’. What works in his favour, however, is that the T-Roc is one of the more modern and progressive designs of VW.
Volkswagen has packed in a fair bit of equipment in the T-Roc, available in a single fully loaded trim. The kit includes full-LED headlamps and tail lamps, dual-tone alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen (compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), a digital instrument cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof and leather seats in ‘Vienna.’ Six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, a tyre pressure monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear parking camera are standard safety kit.
The T-Roc features a single engine option – a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol TSI engine that is good for 150hp and 250Nm torque. The machine comes with cylinder deactivation software and is fitted with a regular DSG 7-speed gearbox.