Volkswagen’s newest SUV, the T-Cross, will make its public debut in the next few months, with the company releasing teaser images and details about the new crossover.
VW says that the T-Cross has the “ability to conquer any road”, and that its motto is “I am more”. Well, now we know.
But the company has outlined the three bold colours it will use to make the T-Cross stand out, hoping to appeal to a younger, more vibrant audience. Black Uni, Energetic Orange and Makena Turquoise will kick off the colour palette (which will have 12 shades), with VW stating that it will be more “practical and cooler” than the smaller T-Roc SUV.
“The T-Cross extends the SUV family into Volkswagen’s compact segment,” says Andreas Krüger, product manager for VW small models. “The T-Cross is important to the small model range because it functions as an entry model into the SUV segment for the younger demographic.”
Of course, the camouflaged front and rear hide the more intricate details, but the T-Cross’s basic shape is clear. At 4107mm long and 1558mm tall, the VW T-Cross is a shorter car overall than the T-Roc, but it is taller.
The T-Cross uses the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen Polo, with the MQB-A0 platform only allowing for a front wheel drive setup at this stage.
Under the bonnet will be a choice of engines, with three petrols and one diesel on offer. The petrol engines will come in 70kW, 85kW, and 110kW guises, while the turbocharged diesel gets the same power level as the lowest petrol grade.
The power is sent to the front wheels through Volkswagen’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission, or via a six speed manual.
“It was very important to us to create a car that stands out in traffic,” says Klaus Bischoff, chief designer of the Volkswagen brand. “When you design an SUV, you have to make it look as if it could conquer any road on the planet. Independent, masculine, powerful. And these are all attributes the T-Cross has.”
Inside, VW is making a lot of noise about its usability and practicality, claiming the T-Cross can not only slide its rear seats fore and aft by up to 150mm, but also has the ability to fold them down, and also fold the front passenger seat down to give more space.
The luggage compartment offers 385 litres with the rear seats at the rearmost position, and up to 455 litres when slid forward. Fold them down and the cargo area reaches 1281 litres of capacity.
Volkswagen’s Active Info display – a fully digital instrument screen – will be offered as an option, plus the interior can be had in a two-tone colour configuration. An 8.0-inch infotainment screen will feature, plus there are LED headlamps, a wireless smartphone charging pad, keyless entry, and also a cranking 300W Beats sound system complete with subwoofer.
Safety assistance is taken care of by autonomous emergency braking, front crash alert, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and plenty of airbags. Stability control and brake assist is standard.
Volkswagen says the T-Cross will be build at the same plant where the current Polo is assembled, in Navarra, Spain. To keep up with expected demand, it has upped its workforce by 10 per cent.
“The new T-Cross will share its matrix with the Volkswagen Polo. By producing both models in Navarra major efficiency advantages will be achieved,” said Dr. Andreas Tostmann, Head of Volkswagen Production & Logistics.
Once launched, the new compact crossover will bring VW’s SUV count to five, including the T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg.
Volkswagen says that the T-Cross will be sold in Europe, China and South America at this stage with other markets to come on stream down the track.