Wolfsburg’s smallest SUV debuts

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After months of releasing teaser after teaser after teaser after teaser, Volkswagen has lastly unveiled its smallest, dinkiest SUV, the T-Cross. It’s the newest addition to Wolfsburg’s expanded SUV vary, becoming a member of the T-Roc, the US- and China-only Atlas/Teramont seven-seater and model stalwarts the Tiguan and Touareg.

It rides on the identical MQB A0 platform because the Polo and it’s simply as tiny, measuring simply four.11 metres lengthy. The wheelbase is 2.65 metres lengthy, which VW says gives sufficient house for 5 individuals, and the rear seats slide fore and aft for additional legroom. The boot holds between 385 and 455 litres relying on the place of the rear seats, and as much as 1,281 litres with these 60:40-split seats folded.

Visually, the T-Cross seems as compact because it really is, and wears the everyday Volkswagen company entrance finish with a wide-set grille and built-in headlights (LEDs out there). Beneath, what at first look seems to be a broad bone-shaped air consumption is definitely utterly blanked off; the actual inlet sits beneath.

Giant fog lights add to the T-Cross’ chunky aesthetic, as do the distinctive twin character traces alongside the perimeters. Shifting to the rear, the black-framed C-shaped LED tail lights are joined collectively by a full-width reflective strip throughout the tailgate, emphasising the automotive’s width. Consumers can select from 12 paint choices and wheels that measure between 16 and 18 inches in diameter.

Step inside and also you’ll discover a dashboard that resembles the one within the Polo, dominated by a big swathe of ornamental trim. It’s out there in both Black, Energetic Orange and Bamboo Backyard, and is matched with the seat upholstery, steering wheel trim and centre console.

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Like its common hatchback sibling, the T-Cross is accessible with the digital Energetic Information Show instrument cluster and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen – each sit alongside the identical axis for improved visibility for all passengers, with the centre air vents sitting decrease down. Additionally on provide are as much as 4 USB ports, Qi wi-fi smartphone charging and a 300-watt Beats sound system.

At launch, the T-Cross is accessible with a 1.zero litre TSI turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, producing 95 PS at 5,500 rpm and 175 Nm of torque from 2,000 to three,500 rpm. There’s additionally a higher-output model that delivers 115 PS and 200 Nm, leading to a zero-to-100 km/h time of 9.9 seconds and a high velocity of 193 km/h. On the diesel aspect, the 1.6 litre TDI four-pot turbodiesel makes 95 PS and 250 Nm.

Shortly after, a 1.5 litre TSI four-pot may also make an look, churning out 150 PS from 5,000 and 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm between 1,500 and three,500 rpm and permitting the T-Cross to dash to 100 km/h in 7.eight seconds earlier than hitting a high whack of 220 km/h. Handbook and DSG dual-clutch transmissions can be found.

Security equipment is complete, with customary Entrance Help with Pedestrian Monitoring and Metropolis Emergency Brake, Lane Help warning, Blind Spot Detection with Parking and Manoeuvring Help and a proactive occupant safety system that closes the home windows, tightens the seat belts and provides brake stress if it senses a possible collision. A Driver Alert System, adaptive cruise management and Park Help are elective.

The publish Volkswagen T-Cross: Wolfsburg’s smallest SUV debuts Auto Reviews & New Cars on Paul Tan’s Automotive Information.

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