Volkswagen aims its latest T-Cross baby SUV at young urban families which want to have enough legroom and space of a trunk in a little car.
The new VW’s model will premiere in autumn of 2018 and goes on sale in Europe in spring of 2019. It is more practical and functional that its ‘elder brother’ T-Roc. It is expected to entice customers from the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur .
They believe in Volkswagen the T-Cross will double its market share in the segment of small vehicles within the next decade. The small SUV could provide 0.5 million units a year globally once production starts in all 5 plants – in Europe (Pamplona, Spain), South America (Curitiba, Brazil), 2 facilities in China (SAIC and FAW) and one in India (Pune).
VW plans to further develop derivatives for the T-Cross, but a cabriolet version like the T-Roc should not be expected. The car produced in Europe will arrive to dealerships in April. It is based on the MQB A0 platform, will have three petrol turbo motors from 94 to 148 hp in its lineup and one entry diesel. No four-wheel drive will be offered.
A fully digital cockpit with an 8-inch touchscreen middle console, wireless mobile phone charging and USB ports will be available to customers.
Production for South America starts next year in late spring – early summer, for China – in July 2019 and then – in India. Versions not for Europe will have a longer wheelbase. The VW T-Cross will not be sold in the USA and Canada.
Source: Automotive News Europe
Photo: 2016 Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept