Prototypes have been spotted across the world as Volkswagen expands SUV line-up to four models; on sale next year

The Volkswagen T-Cross will become the fourth SUV in the car maker’s European line-up when it goes on sale early next year, following its reveal in October.

Its design will draw heavily from the larger T-Roc SUV, but a distinctive rear end with trendy light bar taillights also features. A new preview shows designers working on the car, with brightly coloured trim being selected for the car's interior. Twelve interior colours are available, while a two-tone paint job is available for the exterior.

The supermini-SUV, which Autocar has already driven in prototype form, focuses on practicality, according to another preview revealed by Volkswagen, with 385-455 litres of bootspace with the rear seats in place, depending on their position, rising to 1281 litres with the rear seats folded. With the seats in place, this space is 33-103 litres larger than the Kia Stonic, and up to 55 litres larger than the Seat Arona's, although with the T-Cross's seats positioned for maximum legroom, 15 litres down on its Seat cousin. 

VW's T-Cross will sit below the existing T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg and, with an expected price above £17,000, rival the Seat Arona, Renault Captur and second generation Nissan Juke. Latest shots show the car in its most undisguised form yet, although some cladding on the front and rear disguises the car as a T-Roc, covering the car's actual features.

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It’s the latest in a 19-strong line-up of SUVs that VW plans to have in place within the next two years. VW’s aim is to boost sales of high-riding models to 40% of its overall global total by the end of the decade.

The T-Cross uses VW’s MQB A0 platform, shared with the VW Polo, Arona and Audi A1, among others.

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Engines will also be shared with the T-Cross’s Polo sibling, meaning that 1.0 TSI petrol and 1.6 TDI diesel units will make up the vast majority of the range (the cars we drove used these two engines).

While the platform has been engineered to accommodate a plug-in hybrid variant, the first-generation T-Cross is unlikely to be electrified. It is too small to yet be considered for what still remains relatively expensive hybrid tech; a 48V mild hybrid will only appear on the Mk8 Golf next year.

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The T-Cross will not get a GTI variant, with Volkswagen having previously said the badge will only be used on its Up, Polo and Golf hatchbacks.

A harder R version is more likely but a decision will be based on the success of the larger T-Roc R arriving next year.

Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff told Autocar recently that the T-Cross’s design had already been signed off and was “not so far from the [T-Cross Breeze] concept”, albeit without its drop-top.

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16 August 2016
= big sales. Just look at the slightly bigger Suzuki Vitara which is getting big sales across Europe, for a small company it's a big seller

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

4 July 2018
Then you swipe left and realise it's a VW Ecosport.

*facepalm*

FMS

1 August 2018
xxxx wrote:

= big sales. Just look at the slightly bigger Suzuki Vitara which is getting big sales across Europe, for a small company it's a big seller

 

This comment made just short of two years ago...on what then pricing rumours of this now new VW, did you base your comment...?. You of course, with your encyclopaedic knowledge of all things automotive, will have foreseen that and the market place, 23 months on, puting to shame all the life long integrally positioned automotive moguls, who have the real decisions to make, leaving the error filled nonsensical comments to your less than sharply honed instincts. Way to go and to amuse the rest of us, who prefer to keep silent until we are sure of our business. TWIT

 

 

16 August 2016
I thought the current Polo was not MQB based... or is it?

18 July 2018
rbazaes wrote:

I thought the current Polo was not MQB based... or is it?

MQB isn't actually a 'platform', it's a more way of introducing comonality across ten VW transverse-engined vehicles and assosiated stuff from SEAT, Skoda, et al. It encompasses tooling and plant across all VW group facilities - that's why the whole system cost $60bn. No single platform could fit cars ranging from Polo to Toaureg but MQB means that certain areas of design, such as axles, engine mounts and pedal boxes need not be labouriously redesigned for each individual application.

19 July 2018

Touareg is not MQB. It is a transverse front engine platform only. The heartland model is the Golf, as I understand it Polo et al use a simplified version of it.

16 August 2016
I still don't trust them

16 August 2016
sabre wrote:

I still don't trust them

(Apple, Sky, McDonalds, BBC, Amazon, Sports Direct, Banks... Etc) and I suspect you'll find something deplorable about the lot of them... Can't help but wanting or using their products and services though...

16 August 2016
sabre wrote:

I still don't trust them

Damn those cheating Germans. Couldn't possibly be anyone else doing it. (as shredders in offices all over the world go into overdrive)

19 December 2017

Nor do I. But then I am one of the many Transporter owners who has suffered from engine failure (at 60,000 miles) due their 'excellent' German engineering!

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