After the earlier confirmation about the production VW T-Cross premiere sometime this year, Volkswagen has finally announced that the new entry-level Polo based T-Cross compact SUV will be showcased and subsequently arrive by the end of 2018. The launch of the model has been announced in a video in which Volkswagen unveiled its upcoming launches for 2018.
However, the German automaker has not announced the reveal date or location of the T-Cross yet. Since VW had the global debut of its concept almost two years ago, it has been one of the hotly anticipated SUV of the 19 SUVs that VW plans to add its line-up by 2020. The T-Cross Breeze will be positioned below the T-Roc in their official line up.
The T-Cross was introduced as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016 and was dubbed the T-Cross Breeze and is currently undergoing road tests internationally. Now the German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen has confirmed that there will be a production-spec version of this model, which will be launched in 2020 and will join the T-Cross family. Though the concept version of T-Cross was a 2-door convertible SUV, it is expected that the production version will be launched as a conventional 5-door SUV.
The T-Cross is expected to make its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year at the same venue where the concept for the same was premiered in 2016 and is expected to go on sale later this year, at least in Europe. The Geneva Motor Show is one of the most renowned auto events globally, where the majority of the Europe-related automobiles’ debuts take place annually. The entry level compact SUV will also make its debut in the South American market, while for India, VW is trying to make it a potential rival to the best-selling Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster in the D-segment. If given a green light, the Volkswagen T-Cross is likely to arrive in India in 2019.
Not a single clear image of the VW T-Cross, showing the exterior looks of production-spec model can be found as of now, while the concept of the SUV was a radically different convertible high rider, has been released. There was a picture of a heavily camouflaged T-Cross leaked in November 2017. It was also spied testing out again in the open in December 2017, but without a camouflage. The new SUV will ride on the MQB platform, specifically MQB A0, the same version that undergirds the Volkswagen Polo as well now.
Volkswagen is expected to offer the T-Cross with a choice of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel powertrains, along with displacements starting from 1.0-litre and ending up at 1.6-litres. Dissimilar to the VW T-Roc and other bigger Volkswagen SUVs, the T-Cross may not feature the 4Motion AWD system and may remain a FWD-only model. There are chances for a sportier VW T-Cross GTI, but there’s no confirmation from the company about any such variant yet.
The arrival of the SUV will happen once VW is done with its localization programme for the MQB A0 platform that will underpin a variety of vehicles based on the next-gen Polo. The VW T-Cross’ production will take place at the Navarra plant of Volkswagen, where the sixth-gen VW Polo is also manufactured.