- 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross SUV spotted undisguised
- Gets chunky styling and LED headlights
- Specs include a digital dashboard
- GTI model rumoured
- Price from £17,000
- Release date 2018
The Volkswagen T-Cross has been spotted wearing no camouflage undergoing road testing in Germany. The T-Cross will sit below the Volkswagen T-Roc in the company’s line-up making it an alternative for the likes of the Peugeot 2008 and SEAT Arona.
Despite these latest pictures – which show the T-Cross with a bland, all-black appearance – you can expect the new SUV to be available with a range of customisable options to help it stand out amongst trendy alternatives.
That was certainly hinted in the official drawing that was released last in July 2018, when the car was shown sporting bright colours and big alloy wheels.
As a result, you can expect to be able to spec your T-Cross with a variety of contrasting paint schemes, alloy wheels (up to 18-inches in size) and to be able to choose an R-Line trim level that’ll add a sporty grille, bumpers and side skirts. Bright-shining LED headlights will be another option worth going for if you often drive on dark country roads.
The official drawing also alluded to a red rear light bar that links the T-Cross’ rear tail lights – that’s been masked on the test car seen here, but will feature on the finished version.
Not much else has been confirmed about the T-Cross, although we do know that it’ll be two-wheel drive only – to help save fuel – and come with a rear seat that can slide backwards and forwards to let you choose between extra rear legroom or a larger boot.
All T-Cross model will also come with automatic emergency braking that can stop the car when an imminent collision with a car, pedestrian or cyclist is detected – thus also helping to reduce insurance costs.
Keep reading for all the info we have on the 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross.
2019 Volkswagen T-Cross price and release date
The Volkswagen T-Cross will be based on the SEAT Arona but the VW’s nicer interior (it’ll likely get higher-quality plastics) and upgraded infotainment systems mean you’ll pay a slight premium over the SEAT – so expect the T-Cross price to start from £17,000. That’ll easily rise to more than £25,000 if a GTI model does make production. It’ll likely go on sale in early 2019.
2019 Volkswagen T-Cross styling
Chunky styling will be the order of the day for the new Volkswagen T-Cross – giving it the urban-warrior styling that’ll prove irresistible if you’re looking for more attitude than you’ll get from a small car like the Volkswagen Polo.
You can expect the T-Cross to get VW’s flush new style of grille with a strip of chrome running around it and the car’s headlights – sectioning it off from the rest of the car. The T-Cross is likely to be available with LED headlights as an option, but most models will get regular bulbs with distinctive LED daytime running lights.
You can expect the car’s chunky looks to continue in profile with the car getting squared wheel arch extensions, roof rails and high profile tyres to give it added purpose.
Tail lights with rectangular elements will make the T-Cross easier to distinguish from the SEAT Arona, but you can expect it to share that car’s roof-mounted spoiler and the dreaded fake plastic exhaust pipes set into the back bumper.
While the chunky looks come as standard, there is likely to be a long list of options that’ll allow you to give the T-Cross its own unique look. That’ll include things like contrasting paint schemes and a variety of alloy wheel designs.
2019 Volkswagen T-Cross interior
The new VW T-Cross is more than likely to look similar to the interior of the T-Roc and Polo.
A large infotainment screen in the centre of the dashboard is expected to be carried over to the new car, and there’ll be coloured inserts throughout to make it far funkier than the staid dashboards fitted to some of Volkswagen’s larger cars. Smartphone mirroring will be included on most versions, but a digital driver’s display will cost extra on all but top-spec models – it is a unique option amongst the T-Cross’ alternatives.
One of the reasons you might choose the T-Cross over the VW Polo with which it shares all its parts is that the T-Cross is likely to be more practical. Its high roofline will give you and your passengers more headroom and should allow VW to set the rear seats slightly higher for more rear legroom – even tall adults should be able to get reasonably comfortable.
Boot space should also be pretty decent, the T-Cross’ boxier boot allowing it to carry an extra suitcase over a small car such as the VW Polo.
2019 Volkswagen T-Cross engines and driving
The Volkswagen T-Cross will share its engines with the VW Polo.
The line-up will likely kick off with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder with 95hp or 115hp. It’ll provide nippy performance in town and should allow the T-Cross to deliver fuel economy of more than 50mpg in a mixture of driving.
If you’ll be spending more time on the motorway – and would rather stick with petrol power – then VW is also likely to offer you a 125hp 1.4-litre petrol model, with clever cylinder-deactivation technology that can rest half the engine when its extra power isn’t needed. That’ll allow it to be as economical as the 1.0-litre model while giving a sizeable increase in performance.
To eke out the best fuel economy – if you have a very high annual mileage, say – you’ll want to go for the 95hp 1.6-litre diesel, which will have decent oomph on the motorway and be capable of more than 70mpg.
While the T-Cross is unlikely to be offered with four-wheel drive – for genuine off-road ability – it is feasible that it could get the 2.0-litre 200hp petrol engine from the Polo GTI. That would get it from 0-62mph in a little under seven seconds, with the help of a standard, quick-shifting six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Likely to be badged a ‘GTI’, it would also get a sporty body kit and large alloy wheels to mark it from the regular range.
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