Following the introduction of the T-Roc last year, Volkswagen is now putting the final touches on an even smaller crossover, called the T-Cross.
According to AutoExpress, the new SUV that was previewed by the topless T-Cross Breeze Concept is expected to go on sale by the end of the year, after making its debut a bit earlier, possibly this fall at the 2018 Paris Auto Show.
Although nothing is official yet, Volkswagen appears to have settled for the T-Cross name for the new crossover, which will share the MQB platform with a host of other VW Group cars, including the latest Polo. It will share some parts with the supermini and Seat’s Arona, and will be marketed against rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008.
It will be available with a variety of petrol and diesel engines, including the 1.0-liter turbo’d three-cylinder unit with outputs ranging between 75hp and 115hp, along with a possible plug-in hybrid powertrain, mated to six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
It seems that that an all-wheel drive system won’t be offered, as the automaker wants to keep the T-Cross’ price competitive, so the T-Cross will be front-wheel drive only.
On the outside, the T-Cross will probably incorporate some design elements of the larger T-Roc, while getting several personalization options, such as a contrasting roof.
Before the baby SUV, though, Volkswagen will unveil the new generation Touareg this spring. The large SUV is coming with different styling and new powertrains, and it is expected to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Note: VW T-Cross Breeze Concept shown