Volkswagen has finally shown us the T-Roc R, or something that is almost 100% the car. Essentially this is the T-Roc R, although one or two details will change with the final production model. More importantly we have details as well as pictures regarding the car, more or less everything you might want to know. Everything except the price of course. T-Roc R will appear at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month and hopefully in Mzansi sometime in early 2020.

Of course “officially” Volkswagen SA currently has no plans to introduce the T-Roc family into our local market. But we know (and our sources confirm) otherwise. So the T-Roc R is a small SUV the size of the Audi Q2, which means it is smaller than the Tiguan. Because it carries the R moniker, it is a performance model and carries the company’s 2.0-litre TSI turbo engine with 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Mated to it is the 7-speed DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel-drive (AWD), which power the car from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds, according to official figures. Top speed is 250km/h.

Some of the T-Roc R’s exterior distinguishing features include items like R badges on the bodywork, a different front grille, LED headlights, standard dark 18-inch Spielberg alloy wheels with 19-inch Pretoria types being optional, black brake calipers, brushed chrome side mirrors, a rear roof spoiler, and four exhaust tailpipes.

Inside we see the use of Nappa leather, a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel with R at the bottom, stainless steel pedals and carbon inserts. Interestingly the traditional steel key fob is in use, instead of a keyless system. Also, there are off-road programmes, including for Gravel and Snow, as well as one called Race.

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