Volkswagen expands SUV line-up to four models; on sale next year

The Volkswagen T-Cross will become the fourth SUV in the car maker’s European line-up when it goes on sale early next year, following its reveal in October.

The supermini-SUV, which Autocar has already driven in prototype form, will sit below the existing T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg and, with an expected price above £17,000, rival the Seat Arona, Renault Captur and second generation Nissan Juke.

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It’s the latest in a 19-strong line-up of SUVs that VW plans to have in place within the next two years. VW’s aim is to boost sales of high-riding models to 40% of its overall global total by the end of the decade.

The T-Cross uses VW’s MQB A0 platform, shared with the VW Polo, Arona and Audi A1, among others.

Engines will also be shared with the T-Cross’s Polo sibling, meaning that 1.0 TSI petrol and 1.6 TDI diesel units will make up the vast majority of the range (the cars we drove used these two engines).

While the platform has been engineered to accommodate a plug-in hybrid variant, the first-generation T-Cross is unlikely to be electrified. It is too small to yet be considered for what still remains relatively expensive hybrid tech; a 48V mild hybrid will only appear on the Mk8 Golf next year.

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The T-Cross will not get a GTI variant, with Volkswagen having previously said the badge will only be used on its Up, Polo and Golf hatchbacks.

A harder R version is more likely but a decision will be based on the success of the larger T-Roc R arriving next year.

Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff told Autocar recently that the T-Cross’s design had already been signed off and was “not so far from the [T-Cross Breeze] concept”, albeit without its drop-top.

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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

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

4 July 2018
Then you swipe left and realise it's a VW Ecosport.

*facepalm*

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

18 July 2018
rbazaes wrote:

I thought the current Polo was not MQB based... or is it?

MQB isn't actually a 'platform', it's a more way of introducing comonality across ten VW transverse-engined vehicles and assosiated stuff from SEAT, Skoda, et al. It encompasses tooling and plant across all VW group facilities - that's why the whole system cost $60bn. No single platform could fit cars ranging from Polo to Toaureg but MQB means that certain areas of design, such as axles, engine mounts and pedal boxes need not be labouriously redesigned for each individual application.

19 July 2018

Touareg is not MQB. It is a transverse front engine platform only. The heartland model is the Golf, as I understand it Polo et al use a simplified version of 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)

19 December 2017

Nor do I. But then I am one of the many Transporter owners who has suffered from engine failure (at 60,000 miles) due their 'excellent' German engineering!

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

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