Volkswagen has begun its onslaught in India with the 2.0 Project. The German carmaker has launched its second SUV for 2020, the T-Roc. The T-Roc is imported as a CBU under the 2500 cars import rule and is priced at INR 19.99 lakhs. Yes, it is available as in a single, fully-loaded variant and in line with Volkswagen’s plan, it is available as a petrol-only model.
The T-Roc sits just below the Tiguan All Space in VW’s India lineup and about the Tagiun that will see daylight sometime next year. Speaking of the petrol engine, the T-Roc gets a 1.5 Litre TSI engine that comes with the ACT (Active Cylinder Technology). More on the ACT later. The engine is mated to the trusted 7-Speed DSG transmission and develops a 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque.
Watch our video on the T-Roc that was showcased in the Auto Expo!
What’s the T-Roc like?
The design of the T-Roc is definitively Volkswagen. Simple yet subtle creases define the bold and distinct-looking SUV. Striking design elements such as the wide, 2-part grille, large wheel arches with 17-inch diamond-cut alloys, and the distinctive LED elements placed just below the All LED headlamps define the bold character of the T-Roc. It is loaded with features too! Some of the notable features include virtual cockpit, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, paddles shifters, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, all-LED lighting, panoramic sunroof among others.
When it comes to safety, the T-Roc lives up to the VW mark. Being fully loaded, the T-Roc has 6 airbags (including curtain and front-side airbags), ESC, ABS, parking distance control, Tire pressure monitoring system among others. The T-Roc is available in five dual-tone colors – Curcuma Yellow, Energetic Orange, Indium Grey, Ravenna Blue, and Pure White – all with a black roof. The sixth color is a deep black exterior finish.
The Active Cylinder Technology
The ACT in the T-Roc is an impressive feature aimed to save fuel. When the car is cruising only a fraction of the peak power and torque is required to keep the car moving. The ACT achieves just that – by deactivating two of the four cylinders in the T-Roc’s engine. Even with two cylinders, the engine operates smoothly. All mechanical switchover processes – activation or deactivation takes place within one-half of the camshaft rotation. Depending on engine speed this takes between just 13 and 36 milliseconds. It is a welcome feature in a fuel efficiency conscious market like ours.
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