Volkswagen Philippines has more in store this 2021. After launching the refreshed 2021 Santana, it seems the automaker will be launching another model later this year. Before you ask, it's not an update or a new variant of their current lineup. Instead, it will be an all-new model – a crossover, to be specific.
The automaker has released a teaser of the crossover in question on their official Facebook page. However, they've kept a tight lip on what model it is, together with the launch date. But from the looks of the silhouette, VW Philippines is planning to launch the T-Cross sub-compact crossover.
Assuming it will be the T-Cross, it would mark the arrival of Volkswagen's smallest crossover. Launched in 2018, it rides on the MQB platform shared with vehicles such as the Audi A1. The small crossover is available with a wide range of engine options, including a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder mill, and a 1.6-liter diesel motor. Transmission options include manuals and automatics. More importantly, hails from Asia (China), where the current SAIC-VW Philippine models are sourced.
Styling-wise, the T-Cross follows Volkswagen's current design language for crossovers. A wide bold grille is flanked by slim headlights up front. Meanwhile, the bumper is dominated by a large center intake. As with most crossovers, black cladding can be found around the entire lower edge. At the back, there's a tall, upright windshield, giving the T-Cross a boxy design. Possibly the crossover's most distinct feature would be the wraparound taillights connected by a large black panel.
Given the popularity of small crossover's today, offering the T-Cross locally can help Volkswagen Philippines cash in on the trend, assuming it is priced competitively. It will also give customers another crossover to choose from aside from just the Tiguan.