NEW CAR DE­BRIEF

VW T CROSS

CAR (UK) - - INSIDER -

1 This VW T- thing is here to stay?

Yep, though Touareg clearly didn’t get the email (pre­sum­ably be­cause it was scratch­ing a liv­ing in the desert with no sig­nal, not even GPRS). Fol­low­ing hot on the heels of T‡Roc comes T‡Cross, a smaller MQB-based cross­over with much in com­mon with Polo (and Seat’s Arona).

2 Rugged and all-wheel drive, like a 2018 Panda 4x4?

Nah. In this mar­ket oŒ-road abil­ity mat­ters lit­tle (and cer­tainly a lot less than per­ceived qual­ity and some thrifty en­gines). T‡Cross is front­drive only, with two TSI en­gines do­ing the job at launch; choose from 94 or 109bhp and man­ual or DSG trans­mis­sions.

3 Ideas above its sta­tion?

No longer can aŒord­able cars go with­out the kind of tech re­served for the likes of the S‡Class a decade ago. So your T‡Cross gets Golf’s smart Ac­tive Info Dis­play plus lane as­sist, adap­tive cruise and auto lights. No word on an elec­tri˜ied pow­er­train yet, though VW’s e-SUV is slated for 2020.

4 I want one now!

Pa­tience, pa­tience. Or­ders open early 2019, with ˜irst de­liv­er­ies ex­pected in the spring. Pric­ing is TBC but ex­pect to need £17k just to get through the door. Trim lev­els will run from S to R‡Line, with a loaded Launch Edi­tion car ex­pected to lead the charge.

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