Volkswagen is preparing to launch a new, small SUV into the market. The VW T-Cross will be the smallest member of the VW SUV family, which includes the Tiguan, Touareg and, if you are reading this in the US, the Atlas.
As explained in the video (below) and can be seen from the images, VW is playing strongly on the T-Cross’ appearance. The T-Cross will mark VW’s first foray into the small SUV segment, and the Germans will be looking to make a splash.
The entire car-buying public has embraced SUV ownership. In the process station wagons, sedans, and, VW’s bread and butter, hatchback sales have all suffered. The T-Cross will be the natural step up for Polo buyers.
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VW has perfected platform sharing across the various models and brands within the corporate structure. Everyone knows that an Audi A3 and a Golf are similar under the skin, the same holds true for the VW Polo and Audi A1.
The upcoming T-Cross will be based on the VW Group’s versatile MQB platform. This front-wheel-drive platform underpins the Golf 7, Audi A3, Seat Octavia and several other group products.
This means that we are likely to see a very similar array of powertrains in the VW T-Cross. There will be small turbocharged petrol and diesel motors driving through the front wheels. It is highly unlikely that there will be an all-wheel-drive version on the cards.
Heading to SA
The VW T-Cross is scheduled to debut in full production form before the year ends. Initial reports suggest the VW SA has already confirmed the T-Cross for local introduction, but that will most likely take place in 2019.
In this video Jürgen Stackmann, Head of Sales & Marketing, and Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of the Volkswagen brand, explain the new T-Cross: