The T-Cross is Volkswagen’s smallest crossover. It’s based on the Polo’s underpinnings and rivals the likes of the Renault Captur and other subcompact SUVs.
Clients can opt for several petrol and diesel units – and, according to Autocar, who spoke to the company’s chief of small-car product, Andreas Kruger, it will stick to internal combustion engines.
The reason is simple: adopting a hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain would actually make the T-Cross more expensive than VW’s upcoming range of electric cars. Thus, it doesn’t make any sense, from a financial standpoint, to electrify it.
The T-Cross is already up for grabs in Europe. The initial offering includes the 1.0-liter petrol engine in two outputs, with 95 PS (93 hp / 69 kW) and 115 PS (113 hp / 84 kW), respectively, and comes with a five-speed and six-speed manual, or a seven-speed automatic transmission, depending on the version and trim level. All-wheel drive isn’t available even as an option, though, so customers will have to make do with front-wheel drive.