When Volkswagen announced that they are planning to build 19 all-new crossovers in near future, we were pretty sure that this won’t happen at all. However, the German car manufacturer already introduced two new models – a three-row Atlas and a compact T-Roc, while the third crossover seems to be almost ready, which means that they are not kidding. The camouflaged prototype we caught today appears to be the 2018 Volkswagen T-Cross. For those who have forgotten, the producer previewed the vehicle in the concept form last year in Geneva as a convertible SUV.
It’s quite clear that the production model is featuring a conventional roof. However, that doesn’t mean that there will be no convertible model offered as well. As far as we know, the carmaker will produce both options, and what’s more important, the small SUV will hit the U.S. dealerships for sure.
Just like the T-Roc twin, the 2018 Volkswagen T-Cross will use VW’s smallest MQB platform. The lightweight chassis will also be able to employ a number of engine options, mostly gasoline. Some markets will see a small 1.0-liter turbo unit with 110 hp, while the U.S model is getting a four-cylinder mill, also turbocharged. The engine will be mated to the base front- and optional all-wheel drive, as well as to both manual and automatic transmission, most likely the seven-speed dual clutch.
Styling wise, the 2018 VW T-Cross won’t differ from its concept version too much. The most noticeable change is related to the A-pillar. More precisely, the production model seems to feature less aggressive angle. The camouflaged front end likely hides concept’s unique grille with integrated headlights, as well as a really cool bumper with striking fog lamps. Crossover’s sleek rooflines are showing that there might be some truck-capacity issues here, or at least we think so.
Volkswagen plans to introduce the small SUV to the North American public very soon, most likely this December at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show. The price is unknown at the moment.