VW Teases Its Baby T-Cross SUV

Prior to the VW T-Cross launching later this year, the German automaker has released a sketch of the car as well as a video detailing its design.

Inspired by the T-Cross Concept from the Paris Auto Show two years ago, the vehicle will be VW’s smallest SUV and underpinned by the same MQB platform as the Polo.

The teaser sketch reveals that the production-spec T-Cross will feature taillights connected by a solid light bar stretching the width of the rear. Additionally, we can see a subtle roof spoiler, roof rails, flared wheel arches, and intriguing doors with prominent character lines and creases.

Meanwhile, the video shows a number of sketches of the SUV’s front end where we can see square fog light surrounds and a headlight and front grille design similar to the latest-generation VW Tiguan.

When the VW T-Cross lands in dealerships around the world, we suspect it will be sold with similar engines to the larger T-Roc. As a result, there could be a 187 hp 2.0-liter TSI, a 147 hp 2.0-liter TDI, 147 hp 1.5-liter TSI, 113 hp 1.6 TDI, and a 187 hp 2.0 TDI. Volkswagen’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol is an inevitable option and will be sold in various states of tune.

Front-wheel drive will be the only drivetrain configuration but customers will be able to elect between a dual-clutch transmission and a six-speed manual.

Key rivals to the VW T-Cross will be the Nissan Juke and Peugeot 2008. The German car manufacturer has previously confirmed that the model will be constructed in Brazil.


  • R55

    Please stop VW, when was the last time you mass produced something interesting. Last good car was the Scirocco and that’s dead now.

  • OdysseyTag

    Looks good so far. Will see how it translates from sketches to product.

  • Finkployd

    so T-ROC is based on the MQB platform with the Polo’s exact same interior and the slightly smaller T-CROSS will be based on the MQB platform with … I guess the Polo’s interior as well ?

    • TheHake

      The T-Roc doesn’t have the Polo interior…

      • Finkployd

        … 😰 🤐

      • Miknik

        Well not identical, but more or less the same; Design theme identical, and the same components (but that is true for every MQB car) from stereos, switchgear, dials and steering wheel. Only major difference is that whilst in high end polos there are a few softer plastics, all T-ROcs have the hard plastic only base Polo atmosphere….

    • Hoe

      – The Tiguan was supposed to be a Golf SUV
      – Then the Tiguan moved upwards to let the T-Roc, which was supposed to be the SUV version of the Polo, be the Golf SUV.
      – Now they come with the T-Cross, which finally is a Polo SUV

      SUV VAG orgy…

      • Hoe

        And I forgot to mention the Up SUV… God knows…

        • roy

          Vw Taigun

      • pjl35

        also the Atlas 5-door and sub-Tiguan crossover for the US and China…

    • HUBEMX

      T-ROC uses MQB (Golf, Leon). T-CROSS uses MQB-A0 a cheaper platform used by Seat Arona, Ibiza and VW Polo.

  • EM1

    It might be best to wait for a dual motor AWD ID model to go on sale in the US, instead of this model.

  • Miknik

    I suspect the engine lineup will more heavily really on teh 1.0 3 cylinder TSIs than the large 2.0 or Diesels, that are falling out of favor quickly on the private market (and this is not a classic fleet car like Octavia or Passat).

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