German automaker Volkswagen has teased the upcoming T-Cross SUV officially for the first time. The teaser revealed the exterior designing elements of the SUV. First previewed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the compact SUV is scheduled to debut in the last quarter of this year. The T-Cross will be the brand’s smallest SUV in the global market and is also likely to make its way to India by 2020-21.
According to the released sketch, the VW T-Cross gets Volkswagen's latest design language with features such as the headlamps merge into the chrome horizontal slat grille, an embossing front skid with the fog lamp housing. At the sides, the 2019 compact SUV gets sharp lines and minimal cuts like other VW SUVs in the market, while it is expected to ride on 16-inch alloys. However, earlier VW had revealed the rear of the SUV with features such as LED tail lamps, an equally-prominent skid plate as at the front and a sleek spoiler.
Though, we all know that the production-spec T-Cross is going to be little different than the concept. In terms of dimension, the all-new VW T-Cross measures 4,107mm in length and the manufacturer claims that the small SUV will offer spacious cabin for all the passengers inside the five seater compact SUV. Also, the back seat can be adjusted lengthwise creating more knee room or more room for luggage. The VW T-Cross compact SUV is based on the company’s new MQB AO platform that also underpins the new-gen Polo.
However, there is no detail revealed by the automaker about the powertrain of the new T-Cross. Still, we expect it to come powered by Volkswagen's 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit or the 1.5-litre diesel unit. Both the engines have been tuned specifically for the T-Cross. The engines will come mated to a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Also, VW might offer plug-in hybrid technology with the upcoming T-Cross as well.
The T-Cross will sit beneath the T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg in VW’s line-up. The manufacturer will use the all-new Polo as a base for the T-Cross however, because of its bigger focus on practicality the upcoming compact SUV will have slightly inflated proportions. Also, according to the spied images leaked earlier, the SUV will be even taller than its in-house rival from SEAT, the Arona.
The T-Cross however will not be the first new VW SUV to arrive in 2018. An all-new version of the flagship SUV Touareg is all set to make its debut at Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. The Touareg will be one of the most luxurious VWs ever with an overhauled cabin featuring a completely digital dashboard and centre console with premium features.
The new Volkswagen T-Cross compact SUV will first go on sale in Europe and the same model will also make its way to China and South America. When launched, the VW T-Cross will rival against the likes of Kia, SEAT and Citroen as well as the upcoming Nissan Juke, DS 3 Crossback, Suzuki Jimny, Mercedes GLA, Skoda small SUV, Lexus UX and Baby MINI Countryman, globally.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming T-Cross compact SUV in the Indian market.