Volkswagen has released new details about their smallest crossover, the T-Cross, this time about its production.
The smallest member of the company’s high-riding vehicle family will be put together in Navarra, Spain, alongside the Polo supermini.
To that end, the factory will increase its workforce by 10 percent, and production will total around 350,000 units annually, up from the 244,000 units in 2017.
“With the production of the new T-Cross in Navara, we are again using flexibility and advantages of our worldwide production network”, said the VW Production and Logistics chief Andreas Tostmann. “That’s how we are increasing productivity and ensuring quality on the highest level – for our customers. This is possible due to a strong participation of the production already in the development phase of a car.”
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Making the T-Cross alongside the Polo is probably a logistics-driven decision, given that the two vehicles share a lot of parts between them, including the MQB platform. Even so, the addition of a second model in Navara will mark an important milestone for the plant, which has been building the Polo since 1984.
“We very much welcome the production of a second model in Navarra. We are very proud to contribute with our experience to manufacture the T-Cross, an SUV with advanced solutions and technologies from higher classes, which is going to satisfy the requirements and needs of our clients”, added the Navara plant’s President, Emilio Saenz.
Volkswagen will start making the T-Cross before the end of the year. Thus, expect an official premiere of the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 rival in the coming months.
As it was recently confirmed, the crossover will be 4,107mm (161.7in) long and 1,558mm (61.4in) tall, with a boot volume of 455 lt (16 cu-ft).
Customers will get to choose between two petrol engines, a 1.0-liter TSI with 95PS (94hp / 70kW) or 115PS (113hp / 84kW), and a 1.5-liter TSI generating 150PS (148hp / 110kW). Those looking for a more frugal model will have to settle for the 95PS (94hp / 70kW) TDI diesel.
Regardless of the engine, though, all versions of the T-Cross will be front-wheel drive only.