Volkswagen has begun to tease the ultimate design of its upcoming T-Cross compact SUV, forward of an official unveiling later this month.
The corporate confirmed off a close-up of the supermini-SUV’s headlights and daytime operating lamps on Twitter, whereas additionally hinting at what paint choices to anticipate when it goes on sale early subsequent yr.
The T-Cross, which Autocar has already pushed in prototype kind, will turn into the fourth SUV in Volkswagen’s European line-up.
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— Volkswagen UK (@UKVolkswagen) 19 October 2018
Earlier design sketches have hinted at a design that attracts closely from the bigger T-Roc, however with a particular rear finish and on-trend mild bar taillights. A latest preview confirmed designers engaged on the automotive, with brightly colored trim being chosen for the inside. Twelve inside colors might be out there at launch, whereas a two-tone paint job might be out there for the outside.
The T-Cross focuses on practicality, in keeping with one other preview revealed by Volkswagen, with 385-455 litres of bootspace with the rear seats in place, relying on their place, rising to 1281 litres with the rear seats folded. With the seats in place, this house is 33-103 litres bigger than the Kia Stonic, and as much as 55 litres bigger than the Seat Arona’s, though with the T-Cross’s seats positioned for max legroom, 15 litres down on its Seat cousin.
VW’s T-Cross will sit beneath the present T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg and, with an anticipated value above £17,000, rival the Seat Arona, Renault Captur and second technology Nissan Juke. Newest spy photographs present the automotive in its most undisguised kind but, though some cladding on the entrance and rear disguises the automotive as a T-Roc, masking the automotive’s precise options.
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The T-Cross is the newest in a 19-strong line-up of SUVs that VW plans to have in place throughout the subsequent two years. VW’s goal is to spice up gross sales of high-riding fashions to 40% of its total world complete by the tip of the last decade.
It makes use of VW’s MQB A0 platform, shared with the VW Polo, Arona and Audi A1, amongst others.
Engines can even be shared with the T-Cross’s Polo sibling, which means that 1.zero TSI petrol and 1.6 TDI diesel items will make up the overwhelming majority of the vary (the vehicles we drove used these two engines).
Whereas the platform has been engineered to accommodate a plug-in hybrid variant, the first-generation T-Cross is unlikely to be electrified. It’s too small to but be thought-about for what nonetheless stays comparatively costly hybrid tech; a 48V delicate hybrid will solely seem on the Mk8 Golf subsequent yr.
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The T-Cross won’t get a GTI variant, with Volkswagen having beforehand stated the badge will solely be used on its Up, Polo and Golf hatchbacks.
A more durable R model is extra seemingly, however a call might be primarily based on the success of the bigger T-Roc R arriving subsequent yr.
Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff instructed Autocar just lately that the T-Cross’s design had already been signed off and was “not so removed from the [T-Cross Breeze] idea”, albeit with out its drop-top.
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