A new Volkswagen T-Cross is being prepared for the debut

Volkswagen is preparing to introduce a new small T-Cross SUV at the Auto Show in Paris in September this year. It will be below the T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg in the VW model range and gets a platform to allow using plug-in hybrid powertrain. The model is likely to be released at the end of 2018, according to Auto Express.

The T-Cross will take some elements from the T-Roc, such as integrated headlamps and a radiator grille’s design. Also, there will be probably many personalization options, with a contrasting roof, wheels and interior parts.

The Volkswagen T-Cross 2019 is based on the new Polo with its MQB platform, which is also used by the Seat Arona. The T-Cross, however, is higher than the latter. A wide range of petrol and diesel engines and a plug-in hybrid version are expected.

The base will be a new petrol 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbo engine with an output from 76 to 117 hp and a 5- or 6-speed manual transmission, while more expensive variants will have an automatic double-clutch gear box.

The 4Motion drive is not expected. A GTI modification is possible with a 200-horsepower 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, like the latest Polo’s GTI.

The rivals of the baby T-Cross will be the DS 3 Crossback, Mercedes GLA, MINI Countryman, Lexus UX, Skoda Karoq, as well as the Nissan Juke.

On the photo: the Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze Concept (2016)

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