After months of teasing, the all-new Volkswagen T-Cross has been revealed. Whereas the Wolfsburg-based firm's T-Roc compact crossover has not been released in SA, the local arrival of the T-Cross has been confirmed... VW will make its long-awaited entry into the compact family car market when the T-Cross hits showrooms in the second half of 2019.
The all-new Volkswagen T-Cross SUV has been revealed after months of teaser images and spy photographs. Volkswagen is rapidly expanding its SUV lineup and the firm reckons that by 2025, every second Volkswagen sold will be an SUV. Furthermore, in that same year, Volkswagen will be offering more than 30 SUV models in markets all over the world.
Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand responsible for Sales commented, “SUVs are becoming increasingly popular with our customers throughout the world. This is why we are consistently pursuing our current SUV offensive. It will be a key contribution to strengthening our core business so that we can invest the necessary billions of euros in mobility and autonomous driving. The T-Cross rounds off our SUV family in the rapidly growing small SUV market.”
The new Polo-based T-Cross will slot in under the T-Roc SUV, which is not coming to South Africa. Some of the Volkswagen T-Cross' rivals include the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta, Honda HR-V, Nissan Qashqai and Suzuki Vitara. This segment is booming right now and the T-Cross is expected to sell well in our market.
The interior of the T-Cross is similar to that of the popular Polo which by all accounts should bode well for this new model.
It rides on the MQB A0 platform shared with the Polo and measures 4 107 mm long, boasts a wheelbase of 2 651 mm and is 1 568 metres high. Despite its compact dimensions, there's a strong focus on practicality, with 385 litres of space being touted in the boot. However, this can be expanded to 455 litres if you slide the second row of seats forward. Fold them flat and you gain access to 1 281 litres of carrying capacity.
The T-Cross will be equipped with LED headlights and will ride on wheel sizes up to 18-inches. At least 12 exterior colour options (including two-tone) will be available to customers. The interior is very much familiar from the new Polo will be available with two-colour dash pads as well as Volkswagen's digital cockpit. Inductive smartphone charging and up to 4 USB ports will be offered.
A host of driver assistance features such as Front Assist ambient monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking function, rear traffic alert, lane keeping assistant, Proactive Occupant Protection System and Blind Spot Detection will be available. A driver alert system, automatic adaptive cruise control and park assist will feature on the option list.
A total of 4 turbocharged engines will power the T-Cross. There are two, 1.0-litre turbopetrol, 3-cylinder turbopetrol engines on offer with either 70 kW or 85 kW. A range-topping 1.5-litre turbopetrol engine with 110 kW will also be offered. On the diesel front, a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine with 70 kW rounds off the T-Cross range. All T-Cross variants will be front-wheel-drive and both manual and dual clutch transmissions will be offered.
The T-Cross is built at Volkswagen's Navarra factory in Spain, but will also be built in South America and China to serve those markets too.
We will keep you updated as soon as local specification and pricing for the T-Cross becomes available.