Volkswagen refreshed the entire first generation of the T-Roc lineup for the 2022 model year, and the changes also affected the R-version.
In late 2021, Volkswagen introduced the updated version of its B-segment crossover in all of its versions, including the most potent one, named the T-Roc R, which was added to the lineup in 2019. This hot hatch on stilts shared its underpinnings with the Golf R and provided a higher ground clearance. While it was not a sports car, it could still give some thrills to its customers and was more capable of dealing with gravel roads than its hatchback sibling. Along with the facelifted version, the T-Roc R gained a more aggressive stance and some interior upgrades, but not a pony more under its hood.
At the front, the 2022 T-Roc R boasted a new grille adorned by three satin-chromed horizontal slats and a honeycomb mesh between them. The one in the middle was visually extended inside the headlights by the daytime running lights that also doubled as turn signals. In addition, the lower bumper gained a new styling, sporting an A-shaped lower air intake with a single horizontal slat flanked by side scoops that housed the three LED blocks for the second set of daytime running lights.
With a profile of a sporty hatch on stilts, the T-Roc R had some details that differentiated it from its non-R siblings. Firstly, its ground clearance was lowered by 20 millimeters (0.8-inch) compared to the rest of its stablemates. The T-Roc R sat on 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, but Volkswagen offered it with a 19-inch set. Like any R-line vehicle from the automaker’s range, this pumped-up version of the T-Roc sported specific chromed badges on the front fenders. Out back, the automaker installed new taillights sporting signature LED blocks with inwards tilted blocks. Finally, under the bumper, the automaker replaced the fake round tips with angular-shaped ones for the standard version, while those who opted for the Akrapovic titanium pipes got real round exhausts.
Inside, the T-Roc R boasted sports seats with integrated headrests, specific Alcantara, and leather upholstery. The flat-bottom steering wheel was new, with more buttons on it than the center stack. Fronting the driver was a 10.25 Digital Cockpit Pro TFT display for the instrument panel, while atop the center stack, Volkswagen placed the 9.2-inch touchscreen for the Discover Media infotainment system. In the back, the automaker installed a split-folding (60/40) bench seat that could expand the trunk space from a regular 392 liters (13.8 cu-ft.) to 1,237 liters (43.7 cu-ft.).
Under the hood, the T-Roc R carried over the 2.0-liter engine from the Volkswagen Golf GTI paired with a seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch). The 300 PS (296 hp) were sent in all corners via an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system tuned to send most power to the front wheels.