New 2022 Volkswagen T-Roc facelift unveiled

The updated Volkswagen T-Roc SUV features refreshed styling and the latest tech

  • New dashboard design incorporating 9.2-inch screen
  • Semi-autonomous driving capability
  • Due on sale in 2022

The new Volkswagen T-Roc has been revealed for 2022. The new car gets updated technology, a revised dashboard design and exterior styling tweaks. 

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Similar in size to the Volkswagen Golf, the T-Roc has a host of compact SUV rivals, including the Mazda CX-30 and the Ford Puma. Prices for the facelifted model are yet to be announced but the car will go on sale in the new year.

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc: design

As can be expected from a midlife facelift, the changes to the T-Roc’s exterior are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The nose is dominated by an LED light bar, similar to that seen on the new Volkswagen Polo. More lighting tweaks can be found at the back in the form of an updated rear light signature. 

All cars also feature a revised bumper design. Buyers can also expect a range of new paint colours and alloy wheel designs, with sizes going up to 19-inches.

For those who like the wind in their hair, Volkswagen has retained the T-Roc Cabriolet. The soft-top SUV will benefit from all of the changes coming to the rest of the T-Roc range, along with its distinct two-door, four-seat layout.

Interior and technology

The most radical changes have been made to the T-Roc’s interior. The new car adopts a new dashboard design with an upright, ‘floating’ infotainment system. This will be offered in 6.5, 8.0 or 9.2-inch size, with only the two bigger sizes expected in UK cars. Volkswagen has also ‘foam cushioned’ many of the plastics on the dash to give a higher-quality feel.

In keeping with other models in the VW lineup, the T-Roc’s climate controls are now minimalist touch-sensitive sliders and all models will come as standard with the eight-inch Digital Cockpit.

Debuting on the T-Roc, the optional IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist package brings a selection of new safety features. Alongside relatively common features such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), blind spot monitoring and parking assistance, the headline piece of tech in the IQ. DRIVE suite is the semi-autonomous software, which can brake and steer the T-Roc at speeds of up to 130mph.

Engines

The new T-Roc will not be offered as a plug-in hybrid, with only conventional petrol and diesel power available at launch. The engine range kicks off with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 108bhp, with a more powerful 1.5-litre four-cylinder with 148bhp and a 2.0-litre TSI engine with 187bhp further up the the range.

The diesel range consists of one engine in two different power outputs: a 2.0-litre TDI with either 113bhp or 148bhp.

Fans of hot SUVs will be happy to see that the top-of-the-range T-Roc R remains on sale. It uses the same 296bhp four-cylinder engine as before and is capable of 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds.

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