This mini-crossover is deemed to small for the US.
VW has revealed its T-Cross Urban Crossover in Shanghai, Sao Paulo, and Amsterdam virtually at the same time. In what seems like a reversal of our World Series, VW’s definition of world premiere does not include the US.
The T-Cross has been deemed as too small for our tastes, so the Tiguan and Tiguan Limited will remain the smallest SUVs on offer from VW on this side of the pond. The T-Cross has been designed on the compact version of VW’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, which also underpins the VW Polo and Audi A1 city cars, also too titchy to be of any use to us.
It is, however, a rather important model for VW in a number of other markets as Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Brand explained during the reveal in Amsterdam. “We’re actually presenting the T-Cross today three times over! We unveiled it a few hours ago in Shanghai, and São Paulo will follow later tonight. It shows just how important the T-Cross is to the Volkswagen brand as a truly global product.” Well except for us Ralf.
The T-Cross will be available with a choice of four turbocharged engines: three gas, and one diesel. Power outputs range from 95 horsepower up to 150 hp with all engines fitted with particulate filters in compliance with the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard.
The T-Cross may be small but it does come standard with some advanced safety systems such as a pedestrian monitoring and city emergency braking system, lane keeping and blind spot detection assist system with integrated rear traffic alert. Optional park assist will help in tight city centers, while wireless phone charging and up to four USB connectors will keep you plugged into the rest of the world, even the US.
Specially tailored versions of the T-Cross will be made for China and South America to take advantage of these growing markets. We will be sticking with our Tiguans though.