Currently reading: New Volkswagen T-Roc in development as firm's final combustion car
Best-selling crossover will be rejuvenated with mild-hybrid petrol power and eventually go electric

The new Volkswagen T-Roc is in the final stages of development ahead of its launch as the last pure-ICE car from the German firm, new spy shots have revealed.

Set for launch in 2026, the second-generation T-Roc has been given a front end similar to the new Tiguan, with a redesigned grille and refreshed LED headlights.

Its side profile looks to have been given a much cleaner design, while it has gained a single chrome strip running from the bonnet to the rear window.

At the rear, it has gained Golf-inspired lights and a more steeply raked screen.

Underneath, it's expected to share its MQB Evo underpinnings and range of engines with the new Passat, new Tiguan and facelifted Golf.

This could pave the way for the T-Roc to receive its first plug-in hybrid powertrain, allowing it to offer an electric-only range of more than 62 miles from a 19.7kWh battery, as well as DC charging at rates of up to 50kW.

Most of the current ICE powertrains are expected to be carried over to the new generation, as well as the introduction of a mild-hybrid  1.5-litre option for the first time as Volkswagen works to slim its pure-ICE offering to a minimum. 

The regular choice of 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engines are also expected to be offered, as on the Golf.

Volkswagen boss Thomas Schäfer recently confirmed that strict Euro 7 emissions regulations contributed to driving the introduction of a mild-hybrid, with the firm prepared to take its small cars off sale instead of engineering them to meet the regulations.


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The T-Roc was the third best-selling car in Europe in 2023, receiving more registrations in that year than even the Golf.

Other small SUVs under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, including the Tiguan, Seat Ateca and Cupra Formentor, have also experienced growth in popularity.

Volkswagen previously filed a trademark for the ID Roc name, suggesting it could build an electric successor to the current T-Roc, but the firm went on to deny that this was in development.

A spokesperson previously told Auotcar: “The move to trademark the ID Roc name is futureproofing. We don’t have immediate plans for an electric T-Roc, but we see a model like this in the future.

"The current internal-combustion-engine T-Roc is one of our best-selling models, so we will not abandon this segment.”

An electric T-Roc could share the same MEB Entry underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID2all, a supermini promised to have Golf levels of practicality.

This means it could use a front-mounted 223bhp electric motor and have a claimed range of up to 280 miles.

Jonathan Bryce

Jonathan Bryce
Title: Editorial Assistant

Jonathan is an editorial assistant working with Autocar. He has held this position since March 2024, having previously studied at the University of Glasgow before moving to London to become an editorial apprentice and pursue a career in motoring journalism. 

His role at work involves writing news stories, travelling to launch events and interviewing some of the industry's most influential executives, writing used car reviews and used car advice articles, updating and uploading articles for the Autocar website and making sure they are optimised for search engines, and regularly appearing on Autocar's social media channels including Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

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jason_recliner 6 March 2024

Shared this article with my grandma. She's dead though.

scrap 5 March 2024

"And what was your final ICE car, daddy?"

"It was a face-lifted T-Roc... yes, you do, it's a lifted Golf with a crummy cabin."

"Oh. How disappointing."

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