T-Cross name will make production, like the T-Roc and will get an R-Line spec, too
Sam Sheehan
19 December 2017

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

Inspired by the topless T-Cross Breeze concept that was revealed at last year’s Geneva motor show, the new SUV – a smaller brother to the recently launched T-Roc – will rival the Seat Arona, its technically similar group stablemate, as well as the Nissan Juke.

It's expected to go on sale in December next year.

The production version is likely to wear a full-width grille, side window graphics and wider wheel arches to give the compact SUV a more distinctive, rugged image similar to the T-Roc and even larger Tiguan

It will be based on the Volkswagen Group's new MQB A0 underpinnings, which form the base for the other compact SUVs such as the Seat Arona and hatchbacks including the new Polo.

Technical links with the Polo mean the T-Cross is likely to inherit several of that car’s engines. 

The T-Cross Breeze concept offers an insight into what to expect. That car used a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, with 110bhp and 129lb ft powering the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It’s thought that this entry-level unit will be joined by two turbocharged four-cylinder engines 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. A similarly economy-focused performance can be expected from the production car’s powertrain line-up. A hotter range-topper could counter that, but it's not yet known if a red-blooded performance model will be launched.

Volkswagen is understood to be developing a T-Roc R with around 300bhp, but there's no word as to whether the smaller T-Cross will get a hot variant. Although the hardware from the new Polo GTI would likely fit the T-Cross, Volkswagen has recently stated that the GTI moniker is reserved exclusively for its hot hatchbacks, ruling out the chances of a T-Cross GTI.

The latest sighting of a T-Cross was in Scandanavia during winter testing. Earlier in the year, Volkswagen took a T-Cross R-Line to the Nürburgring wearing 20in wheels, showing that sporty design will be offered with higher trim levels.

The T-Cross and recently launched T-Roc join the Tiguan and soon-to-be-replaced Touareg in Volkswagen's fast-expanding SUV range. A Volkswagen UK spokesman said growing the SUV line-up was key to securing funding for the brand's investment in electrification.

In total, Volkswagen plans to launch 19 SUVs by 2020. The T-Roc was the first, but not all of its new siblings will reach Europe. The Atlas, for example, is focused on the North American and Chinese markets.

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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)

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

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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