Volkswagen T-Cross Subcompact SUV Completes Final Testing In Brazil

Volkswagen has been hard at work getting its newest crossover ready for the road. That’s involved testing prototypes in locations around the world, including Brazil, one of the countries where it will be produced for the local market.

That model is the T-Cross, a new subcompact crossover slated to slot in below the new T-Roc and the larger Tiguan in the German automaker’s growing lineup of high-riding vehicles. It was first previewed in the form of the T-Cross Breeze concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, featuring a convertible bodystyle that’s slated to give way to a more conventional fixed roof when it enters production.

Based on the MQB modular platform, the T-Cross, as VW’s Brazilian subsidiary has now revealed) will stretch 4,199 mm (165 inches) long, stand 1,568 mm (62”) tall, and ride on a 2,651-mm (104”) wheelbase. In relative terms, that ought to position it size-wise in between the Ford EcoSport and Kuga/Escape, whittling out for itself another niche in a growing market.

In South America at least, it will offer flex-fuel engines developing either 128 PS (124 HP) or 150 PS (147 HP), burning the ethanol fuel that’s prevalent in Brazil. It’ll also offer a range of colors, including two-tone schemes, as well as a seven-speaker Beats audio system, an eight-inch infotainment display, and all the latest safety systems available from one of the world’s largest global automakers.

Technical specifications will likely differ from one market to another. For better or worse, though, the T-Cross has been deemed to small for the North American market, where Volkswagen has launched the much larger Atlas and discontinued the higher-end Touareg.

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  • No, I changed my mind; that SUV is too small! I prefer the Atlas.

  • Miknik

    The measurements mean it is exactly the same size as a T-Roc, but with a longer wheelbase. Either the data is wrong, or VW really want’s to maximize the internal competition that their cross over offerings already have…

    • Diego Souza

      O modelo fabricado no Brasil sera feito sobre a plataforma MQB-A0, mas nas dimensões utilizadas no VW Virtus, que é o novo Polo sedan vendido no Brasil, por isso o entre-eixos maior.

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      • Miknik

        Makes sense, but for the rest of the world who gets the T-Roc as well, 2 identically sized CUVs make very little sense;

        • Diego Souza

          Mas até o momento o que se diz e que o modelo internacional será feito na mesma base do Polo, e que portanto será menor que o brasileiro.

  • Prof Jag Cat

    What a boring design.

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