Volkswagen’s new T-Cross model, the smallest SUV in the Volkswagen family, will be available to motorists on the Irish market this month. The German carmakers states that the new ‘urban crossover’ model is a versatile, practical and flexible addition to Volkswagen’s SUV family and will have a starting price of €22,495.
There will be a three-engine line-up for the T-Cross model in Ireland. The entry-point to the model will be the 1.0-litre 95hp (112g/km ) petrol engine starting at €22,495, followed by the 1.0-litre 115hp petrol engine (111g/km ) starting at €24,495. A 1.6-litre 95hp diesel will round up the model range for Ireland, starting at €25,295.
The T-Cross sits on the MQB platform, and at 4110mm long is 54mm longer than the Polo, 138mm higher and it comes with a luggage compartment, which holds between 385- and 455-litres thanks to a sliding rear bench that can be moved by 14cm. Fold these rear seats back and this capacity grows to 1,281 litres of storage space.
Passengers enjoy a great view and good all-round visibility thank to the elevated driving position – the driver and front passenger sit 597 mm above the road, the rear passengers 652 mm.
The trim lines in the T-Cross mark a departure from the usual ‘Trendline’, ‘Comfortline’ and ‘Highline’ specifications. In the T-Cross the entry point is known as ‘T-Cross’, followed by the ‘Life’ starting at €24,550, ‘Style’ starting at €26,795 and ‘R-Line’ starting at €27,995.
Specification highlights on the next up from the basic entry model (the ‘Life’ ) includes 16” alloy wheels, 8” infotainment system, App Connect, Climatronic Air Conditioning, 2 USB interfaces and Adaptive Cruise Control.
TVolkswagen says that there will also be Technology upgrade packs (€499 ‘Life’ / €799 ‘Style’ & ‘R-Line’ ) which bundle various favoured options at a reduced price. There are also Design Packs available for ‘Life’, ‘Style’ and ‘R-Line’ models. These add in the Life model, 17” Manila wheels painted in Design Pack colours (Black, Energetic Orange or Bamboo Garden ) and Exterior mirror housings in Design Pack colours, tinted rear windows, sports comfort seats in front for T-Cross ‘Life’, unique dashpad design ‘Transition’ in Design Pack colours, fabric seats coverings in unique ‘Diag’ design in
Design Pack colours, centre console in Design Pack colours and the steering wheel clasp in Design Pack colours.
The new model arrives into Ireland this month, so Volkswagen sees it very much as a ‘192’ car, but the car will be available for test drive in late April across the Volkswagen retailer network.