Volkswagen T-Cross due on sale in 2018 with Polo engines
T-Cross name will make production like the T-Roc; it’ll get an R-Line spec, too
The Volkswagen T-Cross will be revealed 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.
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, it’s technically-similar group stablemate, as well as the Nissan Juke.
It’s expected to go on sale in December.
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 and even larger Tiguan.
It will be based on the VW Group’s new MQB A0 underpinnings, which form the base for the other compact SUVs like the Seat Arona and hatchbacks like 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 offered insight into what to expect. 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 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. A hotter, range-topper could contrast 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 caught 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 (which is due on sale in April) in Volkswagen’s fast expanding SUV range. A Volkswagen UK spokesman said growing the SUV line-up was key to secure funding for the brand’s investment in electrification.
In total, Volkswagen plans to launch 19 new 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.
Source: Autocar Online