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2022 Volkswagen T-Roc revealed: Visual and tech updates for whole range including Hyundai Kona N-rivalling T-Roc R performance SUV

The T-Roc gets a fresh face as part of the mid-life update.

Volkswagen has uncovered the facelifted version of its T-Roc small SUV which ushers in refreshed exterior styling, a tweaked interior and new in-car technology.

The updated T-Roc is expected to hit Australian showrooms in quarter three, 2022. The existing T-Roc went on sale here in the second quarter of 2020, about three years after making its European debut.

From the outside, the T-Roc gains a tweaked front end with a sharper headlight design, including the option of LED Matrix lights and an illuminated grille strip.

The tail-lights are darkened and get a new cluster design and there are five new colours on offer as well as new 17- and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the touchscreen has shifted from a being integrated in the top of the dash to now sitting atop the centre stack like a tablet. It features the latest version of VW’s multimedia system and is offered in 8.0-inch or 9.2-inch guise, depending on the variant. The outgoing version only has an 8.0-inch screen.

A digital instrument cluster measuring 10.25 inches is standard across the range.

Elsewhere, the interior also gets a new steering wheel, digitised air-con controls, new fabric door trim, and sports seats as standard in the R-Line.

The T-Roc features a new tablet-like touchscreen at the top of the dash. The T-Roc features a new tablet-like touchscreen at the top of the dash.

The T-Roc has added driver assist functionality including beefed up lane assist and adaptive cruise control systems.

CarsGuide has contacted Volkswagen Group Australia to confirm the variants for the 2022 T-Roc line-up.

In Australia, VW sells the entry level T-Roc 110TSI Style from $34,700 before on-road costs. It’s powered by the ubiquitous 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine delivering 110kW and 250Nm driving the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The range also includes the 140TSI Sport from $41,800, which uses the more powerful 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine delivering 140kW/320Nm.

The German car-maker is expected to add the T-Roc R performance SUV to its Australian line-up as part of the 2022 update.

Australia will also get the updated version of VW's small performance SUV, the T-Roc R. Australia will also get the updated version of VW's small performance SUV, the T-Roc R.

The R is powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine but ramped up to deliver 221kW and 400Nm, driving all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The T-Roc R can cover 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and will go head-to-head with the only other hot small SUV offered by a mainstream brand in Australia – Hyundai’s just launched Kona N.

The Hyundai uses a 206kW/392Nm turbo four-pot driving the front wheels only through an eight-speed dual-clutch, and capable of 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds.

VW also uncovered the updated version of the T-Roc Cabriolet, but that is not expected to be offered Down Under.

Rivals for the regular T-Roc variants include the Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos, Renault Arkana, Subaru XV, Peugeot 2008 and the Toyota C-HR.

More details included updated pricing will be released prior to next year’s launch.