Volkswagen’s fourth high-riding vehicle after the Touareg, Tiguan and T-Roc, the T-Cross, will premiere later this year before going on sale at dealers across Europe next spring.
From there, it will be launched in various markets worldwide, including South America and China. However, AutoNews reports that it won’t arrive in North America, as it’s considered as being “too small” for the United States and Canada.
“We’re going worldwide with this, starting in Europe, then South America, both Chinese joint ventures and finally India”, the company’s chief, Andreas Krueger, told the news outlet. “But the T-Cross will be a definite no-show in North America. It’s too small”, he added.
Poised to take on other subcompact SUVs such as the Peugeot 2008, Hyundai Kona, Renault Captur and Nissan Juke, the Volkswagen T-Cross shares most oily bits and the MQB platform with the latest Polo. It will launch with a couple of petrol engines and a diesel at first, and other powertrains will probably follow further down the road.
The Volkswagen T-Cross won’t be offered with all-wheel drive, as, regardless of their engine choice, clients will have to make do with front-wheel drive only.
Production of the small crossover will commence later this year at the brand’s Navarra factory, in Spain. This is where Volkswagen has been putting together the Polo for the last 34 years, and the facility welcomed an investment and a 10 percent increase in workforce to prepare for assembly.
We’re not sure when the German carmaker will launch the T-Cross, but as mentioned previously, it will debut before the end of 2018.