It goes without saying that small crossovers have raked in a lot of sales for automakers. It paid off big time for Ford with the EcoSport and Nissan is reaping in profits with the Juke, despite now being six years old. Now, Volkswagen wants to cash in on the craze too.
Dubbed the T-Cross, it's clear from the front that it follows Volkswagen's design language. The wide, bold grill is flanked slim headlights, while a large center intake dominates the lower half of the car. In true crossover fashion, the entire lower edges of the car is surrounded by cladding to give it a more butch appearance.
Straight character lines then define the sides of the small crossover, along with chunky fender flares for a wider stance. A large window area also looks like it brings in a lot of light into the cabin. Giving the T-Cross a bit of flair is the sloping roof line, which blends in to the integrated tailgate spoiler. Over at the back, the rear windshield is upright and the wraparound tail lights are connected by a large black panel carrying the VW logo.
Inside, it employs a wraparound dash design with geometric shapes on the fascia. A thick steering wheel then greets the driver, complete with a flat bottom and thumb rests. In high-spec models, there's a large infotainment touchscreen right at the center, and it even comes with the Digital Cockpit closely related to Audi's Virtual Cockpit. There's room for five inside and, to boost legroom, the second row can also slide backwards.
There are four engine choices available in the T-Cross, consisting of three gas-fed units and one turbodiesel. First is the three-cylinder 1.0-liter TSI mill with 95 PS, followed by a more powerful version with 115 PS. For those who want more power, there's the four-cylinder 1.5-liter TSI with 150 PS. Completing the range is the lone diesel option, which is a 1.6-liter TDI making 95 PS.
The T-Cross is VW's entry to the B-segment crossover market and slots below the T-Roc. It will first make rounds in Europe and eventually be built in Asia (China) and South America. As it will be made in China, there is a possibility of it being offered here in the Philippines in the future, but nothing is set in stone at the moment. It's prime competition are the aforementioned Ford EcoSport, Nissan Juke, along with the Suzuki Vitara, and Honda HR-V.