► VW's fifth 'T' soft-roader
► T-Cross is Nissan Juke rival
► Shares MQB Polo tech
The Wolfsburg publicity machines continues to dripfeed the new VW T-Cross junior crossover - and these new design renderings give our first look inside the cabin. No prizes for guessing it's stock Volkswagen group interior modules in here.
A companion to the Seat Arona and a rival to the ever-popular Nissan Juke, the group's smallest soft-roaders all rely on the hardware of the latest Polo hatch. And, yes, that means it will always be front-wheel drive - no 4wd heroics are deemed neccessary in this sector.
The new T-Cross will go on sale in spring 2019, Volkswagen has confirmed.
VW T-Cross: what to expect
As its name implies, the new 2019 mini-SUV takes inspiration from the VW T-Cross Breeze concept car shown at the 2016 Geneva motor show and will bolser Volkswagen’s growing range of ‘T’ soft-roaders. The new Polo on stilts will sit under the T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg – and makes use of the MQB architecture, which brings a lot of big-car gadgetry to bear in the small segment.
These latest design renderings show a full-width lighting bar on the rump of the T-Cross - a feature fast becoming commonplace on VW Group products, from Porsche to Audi. Expect the latest LED animations to provide a distinctive night-time signature on upper-end models (though it is mostly a passive reflector).
Other tech included is now known to include the latest Beats sound system, in line with its Polo supermini brethren.
Twelve exterior paint colours have been confirmed and VW says customers will be able to order bi-colour paintwork as an option. Though presumably not quite the camo disguise we've spied on prototypes (below).
Like many manufacturers, VW seemingly can't get enough crossovers to sate buyers' demand. The new VW T-Cross has pert dimensions, friendly styling and a price tag to attract younger buyers to the brand, Wolfsburg hopes.
It's a pretty compact SUV: VW has now confirmed a length of just 4107mm, making it a whisker longer than a typical supermini. A sliding rear bench will let buyers pick between prioritising space for limbs or luggage.
The MQB benefits
Volkswagen says the T-Cross’s flexible architecture means it features more space than you’d expect for its size, and it also benefits from increased boot-space, and safety features. The group's smallest SUV is based on the ubiquitous MQB A0 platform, which means that the engines and electrical gadgets on offer will be mostly familiar from elsewhere in the group; front assist and lane assist are both included as standard.
In line with its market positioning, we expect the production Volkswagen T-Cross to be priced around the £18,000 mark. Right-hand drive UK sales aren't due to begin until early 2019, although Wolfsburg has confirmed it will unveil the new car in the autumn of 2018.
The T-Cross will be a global car for Volkswagen, selling in Europe, China and South America.
See the latest VW teaser video with more design details in the official video below: