Volkswagen is reportedly set to expand its SUV lineup with a Polo-based crossover due to arrive in Europe late next year. The new Volkswagen T-Cross would become the smallest SUV offering in the VW range.
Built on Volkswagen Polo’s MQB platform, the T-Cross will offer a raised ride height and grows up to 100mm longer than the Polo hatch but remains shorter than the Golf. It will rival competitors in the growing compact SUV segment such as the Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
British outlet Auto Express broke the news and reported an insider as confirming a small sporty SUV is coming. “The baby SUV looks very sporty. You will wonder whether it’s a VW at all; you may recognize the grille, but it’s a very exciting design elsewhere,” it reported.
The German manufacturer has been a little slow to expand its SUV lineup at the pace of some competitors and the addition of a compact crossover will bolster its offering down under, if it arrives here. Based on the 2016 Geneva Motor Show T-Cross Breeze SUV convertible concept, the new VW SUV will use the T-Cross name but miss out on the drop-top.
The T-Cross also features a similar grille design to the Volkswagen T-Roc and is influenced by the larger SUV’s broad wheel arches and adventurous looks. Inside, the sporty crossover will focus on offering enhanced infotainment and connectivity technology.
Drivetrain options in Europe are predicted to start with a front-wheel driven 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol and potentially top out at a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol model with 4Motion all-wheel drive. Diesel engines will probably make an appearance and transmission options either manual or dual-clutch automatic.
Volkswagen is yet to make an official announcement.