New baby VW SUV set to take the funk to CX-3 and HR-V while also boasting class-leading boot capacity.
This time next year, Volkswagen Australia will finally have a genuine entry in the booming small SUV segment, with the new T-Cross set to arrive in Australian showrooms 12 months from now.
Despite being a relative early adopter with the original Tiguan mid-size SUV in 2007, the German giant is much of a generation behind most other mainstream brands in introducing a small SUV.
Revealed in October last year and due to go on sale in Europe in April, the T-Cross will also sit beneath the new T-Roc that’s due in Australian showrooms at around the same time, along with the Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and third-generation Touareg large SUV which arrives in May.
Based on the same MQBA0 platform that underpins the Polo hatch but with a 10cm higher seating position and completely unique sheetmetal, the T-Cross is therefore also a close relative of the Audi Q2 SUV.
Volkswagen Australia T-Cross product manager Todd Ford told CarsGuide at this week’s ICONIC X19 event in Brisbane that the T-Cross will represent an affordable entry to the VW SUV range, with a targeted starting point of under $30,000.
A comprehensive safety and equipment arsenal is planned, with multiple trim levels along with personalisation available via ‘colour concept packages’ with contrasting dual tone paint colours.
Despite being based on the Polo, the T-Cross promises Golf-like interior space, with class-leading boot space which can expand to 455 litres with the adjustable back seat in the front-most position. The front passenger seat will also fold completely flat to allow carrying of longer objects.
Available only in two-wheel drive to reflect buyer preference at this end of the SUV segment, Australian T-Crosses are set to use the brand’s 1.0-litre three cylinder turbo petrol engine, paired with the seven-speed DSG dual-clutch auto.
We look forward to seeing how the new T-Cross fares alongside the likes of Honda’s HR-V, the Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3 and Toyota CH-R.
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