One of the biggest annual expos, the Geneva Motor Show took place a few weeks ago and Volkswagen had a massive presence at the show. While there was a lot of focus and announcements around future electric cars and e-mobility, there were plenty of other vehicles announced for the coming year.
The Volkswagen T-Roc R was unveiled with a sporty upgrade and an enhanced sporty styling. The front and rear bumpers have become more imposing on the overall design and are complemented with a dark finish radiator grille and matt chrome mirror caps. The T-Roc R will also be fully branded with the R line branding and will even feature a small roof spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.
The T-Roc R will also feature a new dynamic steering system, larger brakes, a lowered suspension set-up and an Akrapovič exhaust system. Underneath the hood, the T-Roc R will have 2.0 litre, four-cylinder TSI Engine with an output of 300PS. The standard combination will have a 7-gear dual-clutch gearbox with 4 motion all-wheel drive. Through these enhancements, the T-Roc R should be able to do 0-60 in 4.9 seconds with the top speed being limited to 155mph. Pretty impressive Right?
The T-Roc was not the only Volkswagen model getting an upgrade. The new Volkswagen Passat is was unveiled with a complete overhaul. The new Passat is getting new front and rear bumpers along with upgraded LED headlights and taillights. This includes the new style of branding on the rear of the vehicle similar to that found on the Arteon. There will also be daytime running lights and fog lights included to enhance the safety features of the Passat.
The Passat will also have a brand-new feature in “Travel Assist”. This feature makes it the first Volkswagen that will have partially automated driving through the new IQ. DRIVE system. The capacitive steering wheel includes clever features and can detect touch by the driver which works in tandem with the “Travel Assist” system.
The third generation of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) will debut in the new Passat along with app connect and wireless integration of iPhone apps via Apple CarPlay. All of this will be part of the new Digital Cockpit re-design including a new range of functions and an upgrade to the high-contrast graphics displays. The new Passat will be able to support a full range of assistant features that were previously unavailable.
The Passat GTE plug-in hybrid will also benefit from the new changes to the model line-up and has been given a power boost allowing it to do up to 34 miles in pure electric mode. As part of the reveal and to celebrate the fact that 30 million Passat’s have been sold worldwide, Volkswagen will be releasing 2,000 Passat R-Line models. More details will be revealed about the various models that will be made available as we move forward towards taking pre-sales in May.
We also got to see a small preview of the Volkswagen micro mobility products such as Cityskater and Streetmate along with another close up look of the Volkswagen I.D. range of cars.
You can also have a full look around the Volkswagen Geneva 2019 Motor Show booth.
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show highlights that there is plenty more to come from Volkswagen over the next 12-18 months and will keep you updated with all the latest news throughout the year.