Volkswagen presents its new T-Cross, the company’s first small SUV, an urban crossover they say that sits between the Polo and T-ROC.
Because it’s shorter than the T-ROC and more compact than the Tiguan, Volkswagen say that it’s better suited to the city and consequently they’re hoping that it will be a truly global success.
The new T-Cross is a cool companion for all occasions
With an overall length of 4.11 metres and a 2.56-metre wheelbase, VW say that there’s enough interior space for five people, though they don’t mention if all 5 people are 6-footers! For extra versatility the rear seats can be adjusted by 14cm allowing for either more passenger leg room or more luggage space which grows from 385 to 455 litres, or 1.281 litres with the seats folded flat.
Engine-wise you’ll have a choice of four turbocharged variants: three petrol and one diesel. The two 1.0 TSI three-cylinder petrol engines with petrol particulate filter generate 70kw / 95ps or 85kw / 115ps. The top model is the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder engine with 110kw / 150ps. Completing the range is a 1.6 TDI four-cylinder engine with 70kw / 95ps. All engines comply with the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard, of course.
Standard equipment for the new T-Cross includes numerous driver assistance systems which were previously reserved for higher vehicle classes. Included as standard equipment are the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking System. That’s not all, there’s also Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, the proactive occupant protection system, and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert. Also available as options are the Driver Alert System, automatic adaptive cruise control and Park Assist.
The new T-Cross provides the highest level of networking and connectivity with the outside world. Even the operation and customisation of the on-board functions are intuitive. Smartphones can be charged inductively, and up to four USB ports provide for digital convenience.
There are no dates or prices yet, but I reckon we’re looking at them being in the dealers around February 2019.