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).
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.
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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