So the all new Volkswagen T-Roc R has been unveiled in Europe and South America. This new ‘R’ tuned vehicle arrives to sit along the Tiguan R even it is a little smaller.
Sporting an all new funky look and it also comes with a new sportier and more aggressive design for the Volkswagen T-Roc R that takes everything you know about the T-Roc and turns it up to 11, but while it was already confirmed for regions like Australia, Malaysia remains unclear.
This T-Roc R is the third member of the T-Roc family to receive the package of enhancements, while maintaining its punchy 300 PS 2.0-litre TSI engine, 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of 4.9 seconds and 155 mph top speed (where permissible).
Proving the all-round appeal of the T-Roc formula, the model is bestowed with the same upgrades as the regular T-Roc, which complement the model’s innate dynamic abilities thanks to the work of the R division.
The model is also even more generously equipped than its predecessor, with keyless entry, among other luxuries, added to its list of standard-fit equipment. Even crisper and sportier styling is also a major part of this suite of revisions.
So what’s the deal with the new Volkswagen T-Roc R then? Will we see this car in Volkswagen dealerships in Malaysia? That remains to be seen however, my personal opinion would be no, most likely not. This is because while the SUV market is booming in Malaysia, there is not much demand for an extremely sporty SUV, even one that looks as stylish and sophisticated as this one.
Malaysia is not as free as other markets like North America as cars cost a fortune here so the average Joe will not even consider certain cars and plus, Volkswagen already has the highly successful and historic Volkswagen Golf R which we covered a while ago and that car already has the hot hatch niche covered so why mess with it?
Powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine putting out 300Ps and 400Nm of torque paired to a 7-speed DSG transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive, this little SUV can hit an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h and hit 100km from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds.
Not to mention the interior is also quite stunning with a whole lot of blue all over in the typical Volkswagen style interior (similar to the Golf R) and it also looks quite spacious despite Volkswagen calling the car a “small SUV,” and I think that the Volkswagen T-Roc R is a very attractive car both inside and out.
So now we ponder, what if? What if Volkswagen releases the Volkswagen T-Roc R here in Malaysia? While we are almost certain to get a T-Roc, I am still sticking to my guns for the T-Roc R and I am fairly certain we will not be seeing it offered locally, but I hope I am wrong about this.