Our snapper has caught the upcoming T-Cross prototype whilst being tested without any camouflage at all giving us a great chance to have a proper look at the new baby Volkswagen SUV.
Set to make its debut later this year most likely in October (VW isn’t attending this year’s Paris Motor Show so they will probably host a separate launch event for the newbie) the T-Cross — VW’s fourth SUV, and likely to be its most affordable too — will sit beneath the existing T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg in the lineup and will give the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Citroen C3 Aircross a run for their money.
It is instantly recognisable as a VW product and that might be because it looks like a downsized version of the current models, and that isn’t a bad thing. The Tiguan, for instance, is a very attractively styled SUV and the T-Cross borrows plenty of styling elements from it also making it a decent looker. Its overall shape is squarer than the T-Roc, but the grille in particular shares current VW SUV design traits.
It will be based on the all-new Polo however, due to the focus being on practicality, the T-Cross will have inflated proportions. It could even have a taller ride height than its in-house rival from Seat, the Arona and with the MQB chassis beneath it, it is highly likely that VW will be offering the T-Cross with a variety of petrol and diesel engines (but we doubt it’ll have 4Motion all-wheel drive; it’ll be front-wheel drive only) and we reckon there’ll be some plug-in hybrid technology too. We expect a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol making 115bhp mated to a dual-clutch automatic to be the most popular combo but we hope VW will offer it with the new 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo from the latest Polo GTI. It would fit under the bonnet like a glove.