Sitting in the line-up as a sister model to the T-Roc – a larger VW Golf-based SUV concept revealed in 2014 and due to reach showrooms in five-door form in 2017 - the T-Cross is Volkswagen's newest addition to its SUV model strategy. Both the T-Roc and T-Cross form part of a volume-segment SUV model strategy being fast-tracked by Volkswagen chairman Matthias Müller, according to a highly placed Volkswagen manager familiar with the company’s future model portfolio.
“We will position production versions of the T-Cross and T-Roc underneath the Tiguan and Touareg in a part of the market that is currently experiencing large growth for SUV models, including Europe,” said the manager.
Both models sit on Volkswagen's highly-flexible MQB platform and are planned to be offered with a choice of powertrains, which consist of petrol, diesel, or plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrains, together with front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options.
As with its larger sibling, the production version of the T-Cross is planned to receive a uniquely styled exterior in a move aimed at providing Volkswagen with far stronger representation than that provided by the Cross Polo, which features the same basic exterior as the standard five-door Polo hatchback, in the keenly fought compact SUV ranks.