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Best-selling crossover will be final outing for pure-ICE at Volkswagen, get an MQB-based EV replacement in 2033

The next-generation Volkswagen T-Roc will be the German firm's final pure-ICE car before it commits to an all-electric offering from 2033. 

The sharply styled crossover will enter its second generation in 2026 sharing its range of internal combustion engines with the new Volkswagen Passat, new Volkswagen Tiguan and facelifted Volkswagen Golf - all of which are due on sale next year.

 Volkswagen denied that it's planning a new electric crossover modelled on the ICE T-Roc after it was revealed that it had filed an ‘ID Roc’ trademark registration with German authorities. 

A spokesperson said: “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.”

The spokesperson confirmed that plans have been established for a successor to the current T-Roc, originally introduced in 2017 and now Europe's best-selling SUV, with more registrations between 2021 and 2022 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.

The 2026-bound T-Roc will be based on the MQB platform, which has underpinned more than 40 million cars and is set to see action in 40 million more by 2030. It's currently used by other SUVs including the Audi Q2, Volkswagen Taigo, Volkswagen T-Cross and Skoda Kodiaq

The current T-Roc is available with a choice of 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines. A hybrid powertrain isn't offered, but a mild-hybrid drivetrain could arrive by 2026 as the firm works to slim its pure-ICE offering to a bare minimum. 

Volkswagen Group boss Thomas Schäfer recently confirmed that strict Euro 7 emissions regulations contributed to driving this change, with the firm prepared to take its small cars – such as the Volkswagen Polo – off sale instead of engineering them to meet the regulations, which could add as much as €5000 to the cost of a car.

An electric T-Roc could share the same MEB Entry underpinnings as the recently-unveiled Volkswagen ID2all, which was unveiled on the premise of having 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.

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scrap 4 April 2023

That it should come to this: non-electric VWs sign off with a bloody mid market SUV. They say you get the politicians you deserve, maybe that's true of cars as well. What a damning indictment of people's priorities and lack of imagination.