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T-Cross is geared toward small households and on sale in January
Volkswagen completes its SUV line-up with smallest mannequin – and claims its versatility will make it the perfect at school

Volkswagen has revealed the brand new T-Cross that can tackle the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur within the compact crossover market – and says it will likely be a “actually credible” SUV.

The T-Cross sits beneath the T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg within the agency’s vary of SUVs.

It lastly provides VW a mannequin within the burgeoning supermini-sized-crossover market, a 12 months after sister model Seat launched the Arona.

Undertaking supervisor Felix Kaschützke admitted VW was late to the section however stated that was “one thing we’ve performed earlier than”. He added: “Often we’re not the primary in a section however, once we come, we’re the perfect.

“When clients hear there’s a new small SUV from Volkswagen, they know we’ll get it proper. We’ve put every thing on this automotive that clients would possibly count on.”

The T-Cross is predicated on the VW Group’s MQB A0 supermini platform, and shares many mechanical underpinnings with the Polo, which it will likely be constructed alongside on the agency’s Pamplona manufacturing unit.

However whereas it shares a variety of mechanical parts – together with powertrains – with the supermini, the T-Cross has distinctive SUV styling. Kaschützke says that was a results of a give attention to versatility to serve the target market of small households.

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“We would have liked to distinguish it [from the Polo] so clients may see the added advantages,” he stated. “It will probably’t simply be a reworked Polo: it must be a very credible automotive. Folks aren’t going to purchase this automotive as a result of it’s an SUV however due to the flexibility it provides them: a better driving viewpoint and additional house.”

The five-seat T-Cross is 4107mm lengthy and 1558mm excessive, making it marginally greater than the Polo (4053mm and 1461mm respectively). The wheelbase of the 2 automobiles is equivalent, the additional size coming from bigger entrance and rear overhangs. The T-Cross is 127mm shorter than the T-Roc, which is broadly comparable in dimension to a Golf.

The T-Cross contains a rear seat that may slide as much as 15mm, giving the boot a variable capability of between 385 and 455 litres. The seating place is 100mm greater than within the Polo, and a brand new inside contains a 3D-effect dashboard, which will probably be obtainable in a variety of colors.

Within the UK, two 1.Zero-litre TSI petrol engines will probably be provided at launch, with 94bhp or 113bhp, powered by five- or six-speed manuals, or a seven-speed DSG computerized. A 1.6-litre diesel with 94bhp will probably be provided in sure markets, and a 1.5-litre 148bhp petrol will observe, though it’s undecided if both will probably be obtainable to British patrons. It is going to solely be provided in front-wheel drive.

There aren’t any present plans for a hybrid model, owing to the price of putting in the powertrain in smaller automobiles, though Kaschützke stated the agency was “trying into it” for the long run. There are additionally no present plans for a GTI model, with that badge more likely to be saved for the Up, Polo and Golf. A T-Cross R can be not within the plans, however is known to be attainable, notably if the forthcoming T-Roc R is a hit.

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Numerous driver help techniques, together with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise management and lane help, will probably be fitted as commonplace, together with 4 USB ports. 4 completely different trim ranges – S, SE, SEL and R-Line – will probably be provided within the UK. Whereas actual specs have but to be set, higher-end fashions will obtain choices equivalent to a wi-fi smartphone charger and keyless locking.

Increased-end R-Line fashions will obtain sportier bodywork and inside upgrades, with wheel sizes starting from 16 to 18 inches. Quite a lot of personalisation choices will embody contrasting roof and pillar colors, inside trim and colored wheel rims.

The T-Cross will go on sale within the UK in January subsequent 12 months, with costs more likely to begin from round £17,000.

Q&A: Felix Kaschutzke, T-Cross challenge supervisor 

You’ve got launched two new SUVs with new nameplates within the final 12 months. How essential is it to distinguish the brand new T-Cross from the T-Roc?

“As soon as clients have seen the 2 collectively, they may perceive the variations. The T-Cross is about versatility, so that you get the transferring rear bench and so forth. The T-Roc is extra for these searching for standing and energy, so it has a modern physique and extra engine choices.”

Given it’s an SUV, why no four-wheel-drive choice?

“The automotive is constructed for small households – what’s essential for them is affordability. We checked out what options we have to hold it inexpensive, and what we don’t. You would possibly use four-wheel drive a couple of times a 12 months, however the additional weight would enhance gasoline prices.”

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Can the T-Cross rival the Polo and Golf for gross sales as considered one of Volkswagen’s best-sellers?

“I feel it will likely be up there with them. Clients are searching for SUVs, and we all know some who used to purchase a Polo will go into this.”

Learn extra

2019 Volkswagen T-Cross: new teaser video hints at crossover’s design

Volkswagen T-Cross prototype 2018: first drive of crossover supermini

High 10 greatest crossover hatchbacks 2018


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