VW is keen to remind us there’s not much time left before the official debut of its all-new 2019 T-Cross SUV this autumn, so it has dropped new teaser photos and a video.
When it goes on sale in spring 2019, the FWD-only T-Cross will be accompanied by the slogan “I am more,” which is the expression that includes all four attributes of the upcoming small crossover: “I am practical,” “I am cool,” “I am intuitive,” and “I am safe.” A bit corny, but still, that’s what they’ll go with, so let’s move on.
The latest video trailer focuses on the “I am cool” part, giving us an insight into how designers “have surveyed the world” to develop the urban SUV. While the video itself doesn’t reveal much, it is accompanied by four sketches that offer the clearest look yet at the T-Cross’ design, and the front end in particular.
The “face” is dominated by a wide radiator grille that appears to form a continuous design element with the headlights. The bumper integrates a second grille that seems to oppose the main one, given the orientation of the big aluminum trim piece at the top. Finally, the front end is completed by the big LED fog lights with chrome surrounds, and the muscular bonnet that features sizeable creases on each side.
A sharply cut character line divides the side profile and merges into the light strip that runs across the tailgate, uniting the LED taillights. The rear bumper mirrors its front equivalent with a similar aluminum trim piece that surrounds a diffuser-like element.
Inside, the 2019 T-Cross reveals a youthful ambiance thanks to the two-color dash pads that are coordinated with the optional bi-color paintwork. We also see a massive central touchscreen display that merges with the digital instrument panel for a high-tech look. Overall, the cabin appears inspired by the T-Roc.
VW says its designers immersed themselves in the interior using augmented reality and tested the vehicle’s ergonomics and other parameters “in order to perfect it further.” Unfortunately, the final version won’t look exactly as the sketches would have you believe – but that’s usually the case, as designs are toned down to meet production demands.