Volkswagen recently just announced their first compact crossover for Europe, that is the stylish T-Roc. However, they also made it clear that only the Polo and Golf hatchbacks will be getting the GTI treatment. This means that we should not expect the Passat or Touareg in a Grand Touring Injection variant. With that being said, you cannot stop artists from rendering what they’ve imagined, and this time, it is a T-Roc GTI. That was quick considering that the CUV only made its world premiere a few days ago.
Without a doubt, the sporty version of the T-Roc will get the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine from the Golf GTI that can produce as much as 245 horsepower. The GTI Performance upgrade is currently available in Europe. But just because VW is not planning a GTI treatment for the T-Roc doesn’t mean it will not have any other variants. And sources say that there may be a chance for a T-Roc R that is a little more powerful with 310 horsepower engine just like the Golf R.
This was because Herbert Diess, VW chairman, said a few months ago that he would like to consider a more powerful all-wheel-drive T-Roc R. To further support this statement, sources that are close to Wolfsburg have told Autocar that the company’s head asked his engineers to build a development car. If Diess sends the go signal, then expect the T-Roc R to go on production, and it should be ready after the Tiguan R’s release. The Tiguan R is another hot AWD that a lot of us are expecting to see, with a five-cylinder 2.5 liter engine just like the Audi RS3 supposedly.
Now that the T-Roc has made its debut, the next question is, when can we get one? Well, it is scheduled to reach dealerships by the end of the year, just after it makes another grand appearance at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month. As mentioned earlier, if an R variant is approved, we won’t see it until 2019.
So far, the T-Roc will be exclusive to the European market, and we do not know yet whether it will be heading to North America anytime soon. However, there have been reports that suggest that the crossover won’t be getting the US side markers lamps anytime soon. This is because Volkswagen’s target markets for its CUV only include Europe and China. But that is not final yet, and according to some rumours, the United States might have to wait for the 2019 model year.