Volkswagen has been eyeing the volume compact crossover segment which has been witnessing robust growth worldwide. It’s a segment that is currently dominated by mostly Asian brands, especially from South Korea, Japan and India.
Volkswagen thinks its all-new entry, the T-Cross, will help strengthen its SUV presence significantly. The incoming new model promises to offer a combination of style, practicality, flexibility, connectivity and economy.
As expected, the T-Cross will sit under the Tiguan. The T-Cross benefits from the brand’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, which allows the driven front axle to be located well forward. With a total vehicle length of 4.11m, the 2.56m wheelbase is comparatively generous, allowing a spacious interior with enough room for five people. With utility and practicality in mind, the luggage compartment is flexible enough to accommodate between 385 and 455 litres of cargo.
Depending on markets, two entry-level 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder petrol engines with outputs of 95 PS or 115 PS respectively will be offered. A bigger 1.5-litre TSI four-cylinder engine with 150 PS will adorn the top variants.
Standard equipment package is impressive and includes various driver assistance systems like front assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking System, the lane keeping assistant Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, the proactive occupant protection system. Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system comes with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert. Also available as options are the Driver Alert System, automatic adaptive cruise control and Park Assist.with the vehicle’s outstanding crash characteristics and exemplary occupant protection, these increase safety, reduce the risk of a collision and improve driving comfort.
The new T-Cross is manufactured at the Spanish Volkswagen factory in Navarra.