Size isn’t everything for Volkswagen, who are shifting their attention to a new line of small SUVs.
Volkswagen have released teaser images for its new T-Cross baby SUV ahead of the model’s official reveal at next week’s Geneva Motor Show. The new concept SUV is based on the Polo model and is expected to head into production in the next two years as a less-than-£18,000 rival to competitors like the Renault Captur and the Nissan Juke.
Introduced as the sister model to the T-Roc – Volkswagen’s Golf-inspired SUV concept revealed in 2014 and due on sale by 2017 – the T-Cross is Volkswagen’s newest addition to its SUV heavy production strategy. While the car will be based on the Polo, the T-Cross won’t share any panels with the small hatch because Volkswagen plans to make it one of two global small SUVs, both of which are expected to be stand-alone models. The T-Cross will also benefit from turbo charging the Polo’s standard 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine to achieve a power of around 109bhp.
Styled under the helm of Volkswagen brand design chief Klaus Bischoff, the T-Cross is expected to borrow elements from the T-Roc, including its full-width grille, side window graphic and distinctive wheel arches. In the teaser images revealed by Volkswagen, new square daytime running lights can be seen. A company insider is quoted as describing the model as “sporty.” They reportedly said: “You will wonder whether it’s a VW at all; you may recognise the grille, but it’s a very exciting design elsewhere.” The new concept car will be offered with four-wheel drive and a choice of manual or dual clutch transmissions. Both models are intended to be offered with a choice of power-trains, which consist of petrol, diesel, or plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drive.