► VW's fifth 'T' soft-roader
► T-Cross is Nissan Juke rival
► Shares MQB Polo tech
Last week, we spied VW testing a close-to-production prototype of the new T-Cross (see pics below), and now Volkswagen has issued an official design rendering of its new mini-crossover.
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.
VW T-Cross: what to expect
As its name implies, the new 2018 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.
Like many manufacturers, VW seemingly can't get enough crossovers to sate buyers' demand. This one 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’ MQB base 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 architecture, 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.
Watch Jürgen Stackmann, VW's head of sales and marketing, and design chief Klaus Bischoff explain the new Volkswagen T-Cross in this official video below: