The new Volkswagen T-Cross has been spotted by Motor Authority undergoing on-road testing for the first time, but our exclusive renders go one better than that – showing you exactly how we expect VW’s new baby SUV to look when it’s launched in 2018. We’ve already had a taste of what the Nissan Juke rival could look like from the Geneva motor show reveal of the T-Cross concept.
New VW T-Cross – styling
Based on the Polo platform, the T-Cross will be slightly larger and significantly taller for that all-important SUV look. Chunky styling and wide wheel arches add beef up the exterior and we suspect the car will be offered as a practical five-door, rather than the less-popular convertible bodystyle previewed by the concept.
New VW T-Cross – interior
To keep the continuity through its SUV range, the T-Cross’s interior is likely to be similar to the larger Tiguan, with the same high-quality finish and impressive equipment levels you’d expect from a VW. It’ll comfortably seat four people, with a high driving position, plus more leg and headroom than the Polo offers.
New VW T-Cross – engines
The T-Cross will probably inherit some of the Polo’s engines. The entry-level unit could well be VW’s high-tech 110bhp, turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (as seen in the T-Cross concept) which would mix cheap running costs with a decent turn of speed. A dip into the VW parts bin could also bring the nippier 1.4-litre petrol turbo to the fore.
A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox might also feature and would be a unique option in the class.
T-Cross models will be predominantly two-wheel drive, to keep running costs low, but it’s expected an all-wheel-drive option will also be offered in the unlikely event that you ever want to take it off-road.
VW T-Cross price and release date
There’s no word yet from Volkswagen on the price, but it’s set to be its entry-level SUV, sitting below the Tiguan, (soon to be revealed) Tiguan XL and Tourag. Prices will probably start from around £15,000 and rise to over £22,000 for a top-of-the-range model. It’s set to be released in 2018.
2018 VW T-Cross/Taigun latest news (last updated March 2016)
The launch of the Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze convertible concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show gives us the biggest clue yet about to what to expect from the brand’s Nissan Juke rival – previously thought to be called the Taigun. The T-Cross marks the entry point of Volkswagen’s planned five-model SUV lineup, sitting beneath the T-Roc, Tiguan, the seven-seat Tiguan XL and the Touareg.
This version is previewed as a two-door convertible but the production variant will probably be a conventional five-door. Given the initial success of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, however, Volkswagen hasn’t ruled out a soft-top version in the future.
VW T-Cross Breeze styling
The chunky looks of this compact SUV bear a family resemblance to other Volkswagen SUVs and, at 4133mm long, it’s barely any longer than a Polo. The front features a pair of narrow headlights at either end of a wide grille and the square-shaped LED lights that create a ring around the fog lamps immediately draw the eye.
The fancy 19-inch alloy wheels of the concept are unlikely to make production. A wide boot opening aids practicality, while the taillights are similarly shaped to those on the upcoming Tiguan.
VW T-Cross Breeze interior
Inside, the driver gets a high seating position that gives a great view of the road ahead. The concept features a four-seat cabin but production variants will get a more practical five-seat layout. The dash is almost completely devoid of switches – nearly all functions are controlled by touch sensitive buttons and gesture controls. The stereo setup consists of a 300-Watt Beats Audio system recently launched on the Polo.
VW T-Cross Breeze engine
The T-Cross Breeze features VW’s latest petrol engine – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit that produces 108hp, and is claimed to return 56.5mpg. Despite the SUV styling, the T-Cross is expected to be front-wheel drive only for optimum fuel efficiency and packaging. The concept sends its power to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox – this is expected to make the final production model.
VW T-Cross/Taigun latest news (updated January 2016)
Volkswagen will finally launch a rival for the popular Nissan Juke. The new model, expected to be called Taigun, should to come with a range of new technologies and could make use Volkswagen’s new China-friendly 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines.
Strong sales for Nissan, in addition to the Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3, mean the Taigun could represent a significant sales opportunity for VW. We’re taking a look at what is known so far about the new car.
VW Taigun styling
The Taigun is likely to draw inspiration from both the T-Roc Concept (above) released in 2014 and larger VW crossovers like the new Tiguan. In other words, expect taut body surfaces mingling with SUV cues like chunky bumper and flared wheelarches. Unlike the T-Roc Concept, the production model will be five-door only for reasons of practicality.
It should be fairly compact which, combined with the raised ride height, should give the Taigun great visibility. It’s likely to measure barely four metres long, taking up little more space on the road than the Volkswagen Polo.
VW Taigun interior
VWs is known for its impressive build quality, so we’d expect the Taigun’s interior to use plenty of soft-touch plastics and solid feeling switchgear here. VW’s interiors are sometimes criticised for having slightly dull cabins, however, so don’t expect the funky looks offered by the Nissan Juke or the Citroen C4 Cactus.
With compact exterior dimensions, the interior won’t quite offer the same amount of space as a Golf, but the boxy Taigun shouldn’t have much trouble seeing off the cramped Juke in this area.
VW Taigun driving
The new model is set to be based on Volkswagen’s highly versatile MQB platform – already underpinning cars including the Audi TT and Skoda Superb. This gives VW the opportunity to use a wide range of powertrains including petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid power. Depending on spec, it’ll either be front-wheel drive or potentially four-wheel drive.
Regardless of application, the MQB platform has proven to deliver impressive refinement, and can be tuned to feel either sporty or comfortable. Considering the class it’ll compete in, expect the Taigun to offer a balance between comfort and control. This will be aided by the possible inclusion of variable ratio power steering, which feels light around town but weights up at higher speeds.
VW Taigun engines
Volkswagen has a huge range of petrol and diesel engines at its disposal but the Taigun could be one of the first to use its new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. These units have been created with China in mind (where tax rules favour 1.5-litre engines and below) and should make their way across the range.
A plug-in hybrid variant, similar to the Golf GTE and Passat GTE, could be powered by a mix of an electric motor and a 1.4-litre petrol unit. It’s also possible that VW will fit a fully electric powertrain as it seeks to distance itself from its somewhat controversial diesel legacy.
VW Taigun specs
Occupying a place in this tech-led corner of the market means the Taigun should feature a heap of the latest automotive gadgets. LED daytime running lights are expected to be standard throughout the range and a facility to charge a mobile device wirelessly – soon to feature on the larger Tiguan – will probably be an option.
The Volkswagen Group’s fantastic Virtual Cockpit is gradually rolling out to more mainstream models, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this feature in high spec Taiguns in place of the conventional dials.
VW Taigun price
Like most Volkswagen models, the Taigun will probably be priced towards the higher end of its class. Expect entry-level, petrol-powered models to cost from around £16,000, with prices climbing to roughly £26,000 should a plug-in hybrid model be released.
VW Taigun release date
Volkswagen has yet to confirm a precise on sale date for the Taigun, though more clues should present themselves when an updated concept is revealed at the 2016 Geneva motor show. Expect a full production version to go on sale in 2018.