Ahead of its public showing at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Volkswagen T-Roc subcompact crossover SUV has been unveiled in Italy. This small 2-row vehicle will be positioned beneath the compact VW Tiguan, but unfortunately in this iteration, won’t be sold in the U.S. A slightly larger version of the vehicle is said to be under development for the North American market.

“The T-Roc sets a new benchmark in the booming SUV segment,” said VW Chairman Dr. Herbert Diess at the vehicle’s premiere. “With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen. It marks a milestone in our SUV offensive,”

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Based on VW’s MQB platform that’s used for the Golf the T-Roc sports crisp character lines, flared front wheel arches and a grille treatment that is in keeping with the look of both the compact Tiguan and midsize Atlas. Offered in either front- or all-wheel drive, the T-Roc will offer a choice of three gasoline and three diesel engines mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission in Europe when it goes on sale in November. Pricing will start just under $20,000.

Even though it’s at the entry level of VW’s crossover SUV range, the T-Roc will be able to be equipped with a wide range of driver assist and safety systems usually found on larger and more expensive vehicles. Among those features are lane keeping assist, front pedestrian monitoring and emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam stop-and-go assist, rear view camera and a lane change system that includes blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert. Three trim levels will be offered, base, T-Roc Sport and T-Roc Style.

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