Volkswagen’s future smallest SUV has been caught testing somewhere in Europe. The tiny high-riding vehicle didn’t bother to hide anything at all, which means that the official arrival is approaching. Though, it’s fair to say that the prototype of the 2019 VW T-Cross hosts some intruders like T-Roc’s headlights and taillights, as well as fake exhaust pipes, so we still have no the original look.
On the other hand, we do have pretty much everything else that regards the SUV. The vehicle will share the smallest MQB A0 architecture with the Volkswagen Polo, Audi A1 and Seat Arona. The platform will make the crossover around 161 inches long everywhere except in China where the carmaker intends to introduce a bit stretched version.
By using the MQB A0, the SUV gets both front- and all-wheel drive options, as well as a range of drivetrains including petrol, diesel, and hybrid units. While we still have nothing regarding the arrival of the plug-in hybrid T-Cross, we do know that there will three petrol engines and one diesel units available without any doubt. More precisely, the German automaker will offer a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit with two outputs (95 and 115 HP), as well as the 1.5-liter TSI which is going to supply the vanilla model with 150 ponies. The oil-chugging model will likely rely on a 1.6-liter TDI unit with 115 hp. Most of the engines will be available with both manual and dual-clutch transmissions.
Volkswagen will try to make the crossover as much as it’s possible attractive, so you can expect some interesting color options inside, as well as a few standard electronic driving aids which are going to set the SUV just a bit above the biggest rivals such as the Kia Stonic, Hyundai Kona, Renault Captur, and Honda HR-V. Both lane departure warning and front collision warning will be there to help the driver enjoy, while blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, city emergency braking, and pedestrian monitoring will be available for some extra money.
Unfortunately, the automaker estimated that the 2019 VW T-Cross doesn’t have enough inches to become available in North America. They will, on the other hand, definitely offer a convertible model sometime later.