Volkswagen South Africa has announced local procing and availability for the newly refreshed T-Roc SUV. Three variants will be available to South Africans with the 1.4 TSI Design model starting at R563,800, the 2.0 TSI Design going for R627,300, and the 2.0 R-Line costing R660,400. If you’ve been waiting for one, your day has come. These go on sale at VW dealers today, 5 July 2022.
A new techy interior
The T-Roc finds itself positioned between the Taigo, which also recently launched in South Africa, and the Tiguan among VW’s SUV offerings. If you’ve been keeping up with car prices, you’ll know the refreshed T-Roc is asking for a bit more than the previous model. The Design variants are around R40k more while the R-Line comes with an increase of about R25k.
For that, you’re getting a new front bumper design with a honeycomb grille and a central illuminated light strip. LED head and tail lights come standard across the range, as does the redesigned multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Standard for the Design range are paddle shifters, adaptive cruise control, high-beam control assist, and autonomous emergency braking with front assist. You also get two-zone climate control, Park Assist with Park Distance Control, and 17in alloy wheels.
R as in ‘spoRts’
The T-Roc R-Line gets sportier upgrades to match the sporty name. Those upgrades include a sportier exterior with sports suspension, 19in alloy wheels, leather seats, and a Lava Stone (read grey) dashboard.
Then there are even more tech upgrades, although with the configurator for the new T-Roc not yet live, it’s tough to say which will be standard and how much the extras will cost. The R-Line can be equipped with the goodies from the Design line plus lane change and lane-keeping assistance, VW’s Digital Cockpit Pro system, and the IQ.Drive Package which includes autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, and passenger protection systems.
As far as the engines go, things are more or less the same as the 2020 models. The 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine is coupled with an 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox and will produce 110kW and 250Nm. The 2.0-litre TSI gets a 7-speed ‘box and VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. That’ll give you 140kW and 320Nm. VW says those engines will manage a fuel economy of 6.3 l/100km and 7.3 l/100km respectively but when are those ever accurate for normal people and town driving?