T-Cross name will make production like the T-Roc; it'll get an R-Line spec, too

The Volkswagen T-Cross will launch during the second half of 2018 as one of 19 new SUV models due from the brand - a schedule that should see SUVs represent 40% of the company's sales.

It’s expected to keep the T-Cross name for production, being the same size as the T-Cross Breeze concept, which was revealed at last year’s Geneva motor show. The T-Roc kept its concept precursor’s name, so the T-Cross will too.

The production version is likely to wear a full-width grille, side window graphics and wider wheel arches to give Volkswagen’s new compact SUV a more distinctive, rugged image; similar to the T-Roc. 

Testing at the Nürburgring, the model had 20in R-Line alloys; unusual for a car of this class, but suggesting that the model will follow the spec structure of the Tiguan, with sporty R-Line models at the top of the range. What’s not known is whether the model will get an R variant, as per the upcoming T-Roc R, but the two do share numerous styling cues. 

What we do know is that the car will share underpinnings with the Seat Arona; namely VW Group’s new MQB A0 platform which the former will use. 

With the T-Roc yet to be officially revealed, it’s likely that we won’t see the T-Cross in full until the second half of next year. 

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Both SUV models will sit below Volkswagen’s Tiguan and Touareg models. The compact SUV market that the production T-Cross and T-Roc will slot into is the fastest growing segment in the world.

Since it’ll share many parts with the Polo and its MQB platform, the production T-Cross is likely to inherit several of that car’s engines. The first is likely to be based on the engine of the T-Cross concept.

That car used a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 110bhp and 129lb ft of on offer, driving the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It’s thought this entry-level engine will be joined by one or two turbocharged four-cylinder units in the production car.

The concept was claimed to be capable of reaching 62mph in 10.3sec and a top speed of 117mph, while offering 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 115g/km. Similar, economy-focused performance can be expected from the production car’s powertrain line-up, although a hotter, Polo GTI-style range-topper could contrast that.

In standard form, the SUV will be front-wheel drive, but all-wheel-drive versions will almost certainly be offered, too.

Volkswagen has remained tight-lipped about the production car’s development, but today’s spy pictures confirm it is at an advanced stage. The model is due to arrive in 2018 as a rival to the Audi Q2

The T-Cross will be one of 19 new SUVs coming from the Volkswagen brand by 2020, announced at the brand's Annual Session press conference; not all of these will reach Europe, though. 

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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

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

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

10 May 2017
Confused as to where this sits in the line up, is this smaller than the T-Roc? Article doesn't make it clear. So will the hierarchy be T-Cross [based on Polo], T-Roc [based on Golf], Tiguan and Touareg with the possible inclusion of the Atlas? 20in wheels seems big for a Polo class car

23 August 2017
JH307 wrote:

Confused as to where this sits in the line up, is this smaller than the T-Roc? Article doesn't make it clear. So will the hierarchy be T-Cross [based on Polo], T-Roc [based on Golf], Tiguan and Touareg with the possible inclusion of the Atlas? 20in wheels seems big for a Polo class car

I am with you, what the he'll is it supposed to be?  I thought the T Roc was the Polo one?

23 August 2017

Why is 70% of your homepage Autocar dominated by VAG products..?? Give it a rest please. Tedious now...unless that's the point?

 NeVeR L8te Smile

24 August 2017

I am wondering as to why if i can't get excited about the new m5 should I give a to55 about this parade of mediocrity,

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