Volkswagen T-Cross will be the German marque's latest entrant in its SUV range after the T-Roc was showcased in Italy a while back. After all, the brand is planning on bringing 19 new SUVs by 2020, with some of the models to be made for specific markets. We earlier reported that the Volkswagen T-Cross will be unveiled in the second half of 2018. But before that happens, the T-Cross has been spied by Motor1 while on test in cold weather conditions in Finland, which also gives a hint that this could be a capable SUV. Volkswagen T-Cross takes design cues from the T-Cross Breeze which was showcased in March 2016 as a concept. The T-Cross is based on the company’s popular Polo subcompact, and will ride on the same MQB platform that underpins the Polo. The platform may be shared with the Polo, but in terms of size, the T-Cross will be slightly larger than VW Golf.
The new Volkswagen T-Cross SUV is expected to be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that will produce 112 hp of power and 175 Nm f torque. This is the same engine that was available on the T-Cross Breeze concept, unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show.
The engine will likely be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch as well as a manual gearbox. The T-Cross is expected to be available with both, front wheels and all-wheel-drive transmissions. The T-Cross is also expected to get a larger four-cylinder turbocharged engine alongside the 1.0-litre turbo. The concept model was claimed to hit a top speed of 187 km/h in 10.3 seconds.
The T-Cross will have a muscular stance and is expected to feature a wide grille, accentuated wheel arches, 20-inch R-Line alloy wheels. Similar to the T-Roc, the Volkswagen T-Cross will be positioned below the Tiguan and the Touareg in the company's portfolio.
It is expected that the car-maker will retain the T-Cross name for the production model. Volkswagen T-Cross will compete with the likes of the Audi Q2, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic and Toyota CH-R. The company is also planning to launch the Touareg facelift that will be based on T-Prime GTE concept and an electric car that will be based on the I.D. Cross concept.