2022 Volkswagen T-Roc revealed

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc

The Volkswagen T-Roc facelift has been revealed, four years after the crossover first joined the brand's (European) line-up. The refreshed 2022 model receives a host of exterior styling and interior design upgrades, as well as lightly revised petrol and diesels engines. The changes are aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the popular crossover – sales of which now total more than one million worldwide – and have been applied to both the five-door model and the two-door cabriolet.

  • Standard T-Roc, performance focused R version and cabriolet model updated for 2022
  • Redesign front fascia, refreshed cabin part of the package
  • VW introduced the pre-facelift T-Roc in India last year

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc facelift: exterior design

The new-look front end is a key styling change for the first-generation T-Roc, which is midway through its planned eight-year model cycle. It features reworked headlights, with a lightly altered shape, and new LED graphics (optional with IQ Light matrix units), a revised grille, with a more heavily structured black plastic insert, and a light band running on both sides of a larger Volkswagen logo, together with a redesigned bumper that houses new daytime running lights and a new-look lower central air duct.

At the rear, there are lightly revised tail-lights with new LED graphics, as well as an altered rear bumper. The facelifted T-Roc also comes with redesigned alloy wheels, ranging from 16-inches to 19-inches in diameter.

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc facelift: refreshed cabin

It is inside, though, where Volkswagen has focused much of its attention with the facelifted T-Roc. Central to its revised interior is a new soft-touch slush-moulded dashboard. Replacing the hard plastic unit currently used by the Volkswagen crossover, it houses a new 8.0-inch digital instrument display and a new, free-standing touchscreen that is offered in three sizes – 6.5-inch, 8.0-inch and 9.2-inch – depending on the trim level.

There is also a new multifunction steering wheel from the Golf, reworked fabric door trims and revised switchgear, including digital controls for the air conditioning on the centre console.

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc R facelift

As before, a performance-based R model heads the new T-Roc line-up. It receives its own individual styling cues. Included is a uniquely styled front bumper, with black highlights, and vertically stacked daytime-running lights, mirroring the look of the latest Golf R.

Other traditional R styling details include standard 18-inch Jerez alloy wheels, aluminium-look exterior mirror housings, a larger spoiler, darkened tail-light lenses, with new-look LED graphics, and a more heavily structured rear bumper with black detailing and integrated diffuser, as well as quad tailpipes (optionally available as Akrapovic titanium units, as on the Golf R).

The flagship R model also gets sporting accents on the inside. There’s a thicker-rimmed, flat-bottomed R steering wheel with an integral R mode button, R-specific instruments, stainless steel pedal caps and footrest, more heavily contoured R seats and a standard 9.2-inch infotainment display with a series of R-specific driving monitor functions, among other individual touches.

2022 Volkswagen T-Roc facelift: engine-gearbox options

The engine line-up for standard versions of the facelifted T-Roc mirrors that of today’s international model, with three turbocharged TSI petrol units and two turbocharged TDI diesels, paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.

Among the petrol engines is a base 1.0-litre, three-cylinder with 110hp, as well as two four-cylinder units – a 1.5-litre with 150hp and a 2.0-litre with 190hp. The two four-cylinder diesels have the same 2.0-litre capacity and offer a choice of 115hp or 150hp.

Front-wheel drive is standard on all but the 190hp 2.0-litre petrol model, which receives 4Motion four-wheel drive. It is also an option on the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel.

The new T-Roc R, which comes exclusively in five-door form, continues to run a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine, with 300hp and 400Nm of torque, in combination with a standard 7-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox and 4Motion four-wheel drive. Volkswagen claims a 0-100kph time of 4.9sec and a governed 250kph top speed for the performance-focused T-Roc.

Volkswagen T-Roc in India

Brought in as a full import, the pre-facelift VW T-Roc was launched in India in 2020 and priced at Rs 19.99 lakh. Volkswagen brought in a second batch of the T-Roc to our shores in 2021, albeit at a price of Rs 21.35 lakh this time. The India-spec T-Roc came with the 150hp, 1.5-litre TSI turbo-petrol motor, mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission.

There is no official word yet from Volkswagen India on whether the 2022 model will be introduced to our market. Something that will surely weigh in on the company’s decision is that the outgoing version was quickly snapped up by Indian buyers.  

However, VW now also has the Taigun in its line-up. The model has an overall length that's similar to the T-Roc, though it’s based on a longer wheelbase. The Taigun is also underpinned by a heavily localised MQB-A0-IN platform, meaning it comes with a more affordable Rs 10.54 lakh-17.54 lakh price tag.  

*All prices, ex-showroom, India

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