VW T-Cross revealed
Volkswagen is seeking to secure a sizeable portion of the growing global compact SUV market with its new T-Cross – the German car maker’s smallest dedicated SUV model.
It follows on from the Touareg, Tiguan, US- and Chinese market Atlas and Terramont, T-Roc and Chinese market Tayron and Tharu.
Pictured here for the first time following its unveiling at a media event held in Amsterdam on Thursday evening, the new five-seater is set for Australian delivery during the second half of 2019 at a price, officials suggest, will see it slot into the Volkswagen line-up above the mechanically similar sixth-generation Polo.
The front-wheel drive T-Cross is based on Volkswagen’s MQB-AO platform – as used by the Polo and other recently introduced compact SUV models from the Volkswagen Group, including the Seat Arona and Skoda Karoq.
In Australia, its main competition is set to come from the likes of the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3, which are priced from $24,990, $23,500 and $20,490 respectively.
With Volkswagen unlikely to match the keen pricing of its rivals, it will be relying on the premium brand connotations attached to its products to sell the T-Cross to new customers.
Like its various SUV rivals, Volkswagen is targeting its smallest SUV model at urban-based car buyers, providing it with a number of different exterior styling and interior equipment packages, including the sporting R-Line package adopted by the example pictured here.
The T-Cross shares the exterior design of the earlier open top T-Cross Breeze concept car, albeit with a five-door fixed roof hatchback layout that Volkswagen says is aimed at providing maximum practicality within compact dimensions.
Among its key styling elements is a bullish front end featuring a wide grille, angular headlamps and prominent chromed rimmed fog lamps set low within the outer edges of the front bumper. The rear receives a sloping tailgate that opens at bumper level together with a full-width reflector set within the tail lamps and chromed T-Cross identification.
The new Volkswagen model wears 16-inch wheels as standard, though buyers can order it with optional 17- and 18-inch rims.
At 4110mm in length and 1558mm in height, the new Volkswagen SUV is 54mm longer and 112mm higher than the latest Polo but 124mm shorter and 15mm lower than the more expensive T-Roc.
By comparison, the Mazda CX-3 measures 4275mm in length and 1534mm in height.
Kable is one of Europe's leading automotive journalists. The Aussie expat lives in Germany and has some of the world's most powerful executives on speed dial.