Baby Veedub to threaten the Asian stranglehold on the segment.
While the small T-Roc SUV has yet to make Australian landfall due to surprisingly strong demand in Europe, Volkswagen’s local office has confirmed that a smaller, Polo-based T-Cross SUV will be making an appearance here before the end of 2019.
Our friends at Motoring got in touch with VW Australia product manager Todd Ford to talk about the matter, and he was surprisingly forthcoming with what VW has in store for Australia in the future.
“At this stage, we are saying that the T-Cross will be here in the second-half of next year. We are very excited about that. It looks sensational, and will be perfect for that market. It’s the model that meeds the volume area of the small-SUV market.” — Todd Ford, Product Manager, Volkswagen Australia
The Volkswagen T-Cross was first previewed as a two-door convertible compact crossover concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, though we’re confident (and thankful) that the production model will debut as a four-door, fixed-roof proposition. It’s suggested that we’ll get the first look at the production model this September, at the Paris motor show.
The production T-Cross will, naturally, be built off the MQB platform that underpins a wide variety of VW Group cars, and should be offered with a choice of turbocharged engines and the option of front- or all-wheel drive. With its natural competitors ranging from the Hyundai Kona to the Citroen C3 Aircross, it’s posited that the T-Roc should lower the entry point into the Volkswagen SUV range to a point below $25,000.