2019 Volkswagen T-Cross: official preview demonstrates bootspace choices (News)

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It’s the most recent in a 19-strong line-up of SUVs that VW plans to have in place throughout the subsequent two years. VW’s purpose is to spice up gross sales of high-riding fashions to 40% of its total world complete by the tip of the last decade.

The T-Cross makes use of VW’s MQB A0 platform, shared with the VW Polo, Arona and Audi A1, amongst others.

Engines may even be shared with the T-Cross’s Polo sibling, which means that 1.zero TSI petrol and 1.6 TDI diesel models will make up the overwhelming majority of the vary (the vehicles we drove used these two engines).

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Whereas the platform has been engineered to accommodate a plug-in hybrid variant, the first-generation T-Cross is unlikely to be electrified. It’s too small to but be thought-about for what nonetheless stays comparatively costly hybrid tech; a 48V delicate hybrid will solely seem on the Mk8 Golf subsequent 12 months.

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The T-Cross is not going to get a GTI variant, with Volkswagen having beforehand stated the badge will solely be used on its Up, Polo and Golf hatchbacks.

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A more durable R model is extra seemingly however a call shall be based mostly on the success of the bigger T-Roc R arriving subsequent 12 months.

Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff advised Autocar just lately that the T-Cross’s design had already been signed off and was “not so removed from the [T-Cross Breeze] idea”, albeit with out its drop-top.

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