Volkswagen T-Cross concept to hint at Nissan Juke rival

VW is preparing to unveil a concept version of a Polo-based SUV at the Geneva motor show in early March.

Volkswagen is set to preview its plans for a new entry-level SUV at the upcoming Geneva motor show in the form of a Polo-based concept car. Wolfsburg sources say the VW T-Cross will head into production in 2018 as a sub-£18,000 rival to the likes of the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke.

Wolfsburg sources say the VW T-Cross will head into production in 2018 as a sub-£18,000 rival to the likes of the Mazda CX-3 andNissan Juke.

The new high-riding Volkswagen is described as a sister model to the earlier T-Roc – a larger VW Golf-based SUV concept revealed in 2014 and due to reach showrooms in five-door form in 2017.

The T-Cross and T-Roc form part of a volume-segment SUV model strategy being fast-tracked by Volkswagen chairman Matthias Müller, according to a highly placed Volkswagen manager familiar with the company’s future model portfolio.

“We will position production versions of the T-Cross and T-Roc underneath the Tiguan and Touareg in a part of the market that is currently experiencing large growth for SUV models, including Europe,” said the manager.

Both of the new models are conceived around the German car maker’s highly flexible MQB platform and are planned to be offered with the choice of either petrol, diesel or plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrains, together with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

As with its larger sibling, the production version of the T-Cross is planned to receive a uniquely styled exterior in a move aimed at providing Volkswagen with far stronger representation than that provided by the Cross Polo, which features the same basic exterior as the standard five-door Polo hatchback, in the keenly fought compact SUV ranks.

The T-Cross and T-Roc form part of a volume-segment SUV model strategy being fast-tracked by Volkswagen chairman Matthias Müller, according to a highly placed Volkswagen manager familiar with the company’s future model portfolio.

Despite the apparent visual commonality, though, Autocar understands the outer body of each of the new SUVs will use unique pressings unrelated to reach other. Further differentiation will be provided by their dimensions, with the T-Cross set to stretch to around 4000mm and the T-Roc running to 4200mm.

Volkswagen’s original plans for an even smaller SUV based on the same underpinnings as the Up, as previewed by the Taigun concept at the 2012 Sao Paolo motor show, have been abandoned due, in part, to the shaky financial climate in key South American markets, including Brazil, where the 3800mm long five door was proposed to be produced.

The reference to the letter “T” in their names suggest the T-Cross and T-Roc will continue the Volkswagen tradition in which each of its existing SUV models have received a model name beginning  with the letter “T”, including the Tiguan and Touareg.

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