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Volkswagen T-Cross Baby SUV Concept Gets Teased Ahead of Geneva Debut

Last week, we told you that Volkswagen dropped out of the Taigun project and would preview a slightly bigger crossover to fit under the Touareg at the Geneva Motor Show. Here it is, the rumored T-Cross concept, appearing in its first photos without completely revealings itself.
2016 Volkswagen T-Cross Concept 4 photos
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2016 Volkswagen T-Cross Concept2016 Volkswagen T-Cross Concept2016 Volkswagen T-Cross Concept
This design study looks a lot like the T-ROC, but it's going to be smaller. We believe it will enter production in late 2017 and will be the size of a subcompact crossover. VW will aim the "Polo SUV" at rivals like the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Opel Mokka, and more.

Surprisingly, Audi is jumping the gun with a production model, the Q2 that's also scheduled to debut in Geneva. The two will be as similar as the Golf and A3, sharing engines and features whenever possible to cut development costs.

“We will position production versions of the T-Cross and T-Roc underneath the Tiguan and Touareg in a part of the market that is currently experiencing large growth for SUV models, including Europe,” said the Volkswagen chairman Matthias Müller.

For the first time, the T-ROC is described as a future production car. This confirms our suspicions that it and the rumored Golf SUV are one and the same. We might even see a targa top on the T-ROC, which would make for an interesting combination.

Getting back to the Geneva concept, it doesn't yet have a name, though Volkswagen trademarked the T-Roc name in 2015. Rumors suggest that it's based on a smaller version of the MQB platform that measures around 4.2 meters from one bumper to the other. Stylistically, it doesn't look like the Tiguan or Touareg. Just like the Juke, Vdub's funky crossover has excessive daytime running lights that make the bumper look as fierce as a hippo.

The concept will most likely feature a plug-in powertrain with an electric motor on the rear axle. However, the production version will use familiar TSI and TDI engines. Company officials have revealed their engineers are working on a new family of 1.5-liter engines that should come out at roughly the same time as this vehicle.
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