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Volkswagen T-Cross Compact SUV Launch Confirmed; Testing Begins

Volkswagen T-Cross Compact SUV Launch

The production version of the Volkswagen T-Cross compact SUV will make global debut in the second half of 2018

Volkswagen, the German premium carmaker has recently unveiled the new T-ROC SUV, which is scheduled to make its public premiere at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Interestingly, the company has also announced to introduce 19 new SUVs globally by 2020. Volkswagen has also confirmed that the T-Cross Breeze (Polo Compact SUV) will go on sale in the second half of 2018. Testing of the SUV has already started, and the pictures suggest that the SUV development is in advance stage.

The new T-Cross Breeze SUV was first previewed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in concept form. The spotted model design seems identical to the concept version. It will be built on the VW Group’s MQB-A0 platform that also underpins the new generation Polo and the Virtus sedan. This model is expected to retain T-Cross nameplate and size of the concept car. Also See – Volkswagen T-ROC Image Gallery

The production version of the SUV is expected to get a full-width grille, side window graphics and wider wheel arches, which will give it a more distinctive and rugged profile. The model was spotted testing at the Nurburgring, which is equipped with 20-inch R-Line alloy wheels. This is similar to the one offered in the global-spec Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line.

The Volkswagen T-Cross compact SUV will be slotted below the T-ROC. It will also be joined by a sub-4 meter SUV, which will be called T-Track. This sub-4 meter SUV will rival the Ford EcoSport. Talking about T-Cross, the compact SUV will share several features from the next-gen Polo and the upcoming Virtus mid-sized sedan.

Volkswagen T-Cross Images

The T-Cross will be powered by a turbocharged 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine that is capable of producing 110bhp of power and 175Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The SUV will also get two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The concept model showcased was claimed to achieve 0-100kmph in just 10.3 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 188kmph. Front-wheel-drive system will come as standard, while the performance model could get all-wheel-drive system.

Although the T-Cross test mule was heavily camouflaged, the production-spec model is expected to get a full-width grille, wide wheel arches, 20-inch R-Line alloys and a masculine body stance. Like the upcoming T-Roc, the T-Cross will sit below the Tiguan and the Touareg model. The concept version featured a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that generates 110bhp of power. However, it is believed that the production-ready model will get one or two turbocharged four-cylinder units. Apart from a standard front-wheel drive, the vehicle might be offered in an all-wheel-drive option as well.

Source – AutocarUK

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