Volkswagen expands SUV line up with world premiere of the all-new T-Cross

Wolfsburg, Germany: Volkswagen presents its new global product, the T-Cross – a small car SUV, with a world premiere in Amsterdam, Shanghai and São Paulo. The T-Cross is an urban crossover with a masculine design in the small car class. It is a completely new model suited for everyday life and beyond, and will be sold in markets across three continents.

Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Brand introduced the new T-Cross together with Cara Delevingne, British supermodel, actress, musician and testimonial for the T-Cross. Cara, with 41 million followers on Instagram, said: “I travel all the time, so working with Volkwagen, the largest auto maker in the world, is a perfect partnership for me. The T-Cross is more than just a City-SUV. It has multiple facets like me, and I love how stylish it is!”

The T-Cross is based upon the modular transverse matrix (MQB), which allows the driven front axle to be located very far forward. With a total vehicle length of 4.11 metres, the 2.56-metre wheelbase is comparatively generous, allowing a spacious interior with enough room for five people. For the greatest possible versatility in the interior, the sliding rear seat can be adjusted by 14 cm, allowing more passenger leg room or more luggage space. The luggage compartment holds between 385 and 455 litres. The rear seat back folds down fully or partially, creating a flat loading space with up to 1.281L of storage volume.

The new T-Cross has a choice of four turbocharged engines: three petrol and one diesel. The two 1.0 TSI three-cylinder petrol engines with petrol particulate filter generate 70 kW / 95 PS or 85 kW / 115 PS. The top model is the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder engine with 110 kW / 150 PS. Completing the range is a 1.6 TDI four-cylinder engine with 70 kW / 95 PS. All engines comply with the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard.

Standard equipment for the new T-Cross includes several driver assistance systems which were previously reserved for higher vehicle classes. Together with the vehicle’s increase safety, it reduces the risk of a collision and improves driving comfort. Standard equipment include Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking System, Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, a proactive occupant protection system, and Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with integrated Rear Traffic Alert. Also available as options are the Driver Alert System, automatic adaptive cruise control and Park Assist.

The new T-Cross provides a high level of networking and connectivity with the outside world. Even the operation and customisation of the on-board functions are intuitive. Smartphones can be charged inductively, and up to four USB ports provide for digital convenience.

Like the Polo, the new T-Cross is also manufactured at the Spanish Volkswagen factory in Navarra. Volkswagen is set to invest some one billion euros there by 2019 in order to serve the particularly strong growth in the market for compact SUVs. In South America and China, two further growth markets, versions of the T-Cross specially tailored for those markets are being made.

Volkswagen’s global SUV offensive began in 2016 with the current Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace and the compact T-Roc in 2017. Likewise the Atlas, which was designed for the USA, and its Chinese sister version the Teramont, appeared in 2017. Both as seven-seaters.

In 2018, Volkswagen of America presented the two Atlas concept vehicles Cross Sport and Tanoak. In China the new Touareg is celebrating its world premiere, accompanied by two future SUVs for China: the Family SUV Tharu and the Advanced Midsize SUV Tayron.

In 2020, the ID. CROZZ will be Volkswagen’s first fully-electric SUV. With models ranging from the T-Cross to the ID. CROZZ, Volkswagen is poised to offer one of the world’s largest SUV ranges and cover practically all segments.

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