VW will create two new crossovers over the MQB platform

Volkswagen really meant to gain scale with its MQB platform. It currently underpins 14 models of the group (Audi A3, Audi TT, Seat León hatch and SW, Skoda Octavia sedan and SW, Skoda Superb sedan and SW, VW Golf hatch and Variant, VW Golf SportsVan, VW Touran, VW Passat and VW Tiguan), but there is more to come. According to Autocar, the German company will introduce 2 new SUVs at the Geneva Motor Show. The first will be a production version of the T-ROC Concept, presented at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The second will be named T-Cross and will appear as a concept at this year’s edition of the event.

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The T-Cross will be similar in size to the Polo, or 4 m long, while the T-ROC production version will be slightly longer, at around 4.20 m. The second generation Tiguan has grown from 4.43 m to 4.49 m, what creates room for an SUV just below it. No information has emerged on the number of doors, but we would not be surprised if the T-ROC would be also offered with a 3 door body, as the concept. Although it may receive a new name, it is expected that Volkswagen will keep naming its SUV models with names that begin with T. Sales must start at the second half of this year.

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The T-Cross is expected to be launched in 2017 and it will compete with the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and all other B segment SUVs. Offered only as a 5-door vehicle, it will very likely get some design hints from the T-ROC and also the CrossBlue Coupé and be produced in Brazil, which was expected to have the production version of the Taigun concept. The A segment SUV, predicted to be 3.80 m long, has been cancelled due to the Brazilian economic crisis. The T-Cross, on the other hand, is a global project, and the B segment SUVs are the vehicles with more resilient and promising sales in this South American market. Volkswagen cannot afford to be out of this market.

Source: Autocar

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.