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Volkswagen T-Cross

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Volkswagen T-Cross (C11)
2019 Volkswagen T-Cross First Edition TSi 1.0.jpg
Volkswagen T-Cross First Edition
Also calledVolkswagen Tacqua (China, FAW-VW)
Volkswagen Taigun (India)
ProductionDecember 2018 – present
AssemblySpain: Pamplona
Brazil: São José dos Pinhais (Volkswagen do Brasil)
China: Anting, Shanghai (SAIC-VW, T-Cross); Changchun, Jilin (FAW-VW, Tacqua)
India: Chakan (Škoda VW India, Taigun)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV (B)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group MQB A0
RelatedŠkoda Kushaq
Volkswagen Polo Mk6[1]
Volkswagen Virtus
Volkswagen Taigo/Nivus
SEAT Arona
Škoda Kamiq
Audi A1
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
7-speed DSG
Wheelbase2,551 mm (100.4 in)
2,650 mm (104.3 in) (LWB models)
Length4,108 mm (161.7 in)
4,199–4,218 mm (165.3–166.1 in) (LWB models)
Width1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height1,583–1,589 mm (62.3–62.6 in)

The Volkswagen T-Cross is a subcompact crossover SUV (B-segment) manufactured by the German automaker Volkswagen. It is based on the MQB A0 platform, and was officially launched in April 2019. The car is positioned below the T-Roc, making it the smallest SUV model from Volkswagen. It was unveiled on 25 October 2018 in Amsterdam, Shanghai and São Paulo.[2]


The T-Cross started as a replacement for a cancelled project of a small SUV based on the Volkswagen Taigun concept which was showcased in São Paulo in 2012. It is an SUV based on the Volkswagen Up! with a length of under 3.9 m destined for Europe, Brazil and India, and was planned to be on sale in 2016 after the project was green-lit in 2012.[3][4] In 2016, Volkswagen cancelled the plan of producing the Taigun after an internal study concluded that its dimension is too small.[5][6] Volkswagen shifted its focus on developing a Polo-based small SUV instead, which eventually spawned the T-Cross.[7] The Taigun nameplate is being reused as a rebadged long-wheelbase T-Cross for the Indian market.[8]

Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze concept
Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze concept

In March 2016, the T-Cross was previewed as a concept car called the VW T-Cross Breeze at the Geneva Motor Show. This vehicle is, in contrast to the production version, a four-seater convertible with a fabric top. The T-Cross Breeze is 4.13 metres (162.6 in) long, 1.80 metres (70.9 in) wide and 1.56 metres (61.4 in) high. The concept vehicle is powered by a 1.0-litre TSI engine with 81 kW (109 hp) and 175 N⋅m (129 lbf⋅ft) of torque.

The production version of the T-Cross was officially launched on 25 October 2018 in three cities located in three different continents simultaneously, in Amsterdam, Shanghai and São Paulo, which demonstrates the importance of the T-Cross as a global product.[2] The model is produced in China and Brazil with a modified length of 4.2 m and a longer wheelbase of 2.65 m shared with the Škoda Kamiq and Volkswagen Virtus, with the goal of improving interior space.[9] These models also have different front fascias and steering wheels from the variant sold in Europe.[10]



Debuted in Amsterdam, the T-Cross is positioned below the T-Roc in Volkswagen Europe SUV line-up and acts as an entry-level model.[11] The vehicle is built together with the Volkswagen Polo at Volkswagen Navarra S.A. in Pamplona, Spain.[12]

Although the T-Cross is only slightly smaller than the Golf-based T-Roc, VW is marketing the T-Cross as the more practical and family-oriented car, as Volkswagen expects the T-Cross to appeal to young families and older demographics due to its tall roof and its high driving position.[13]

Four engines have been announced for the launch model, and only one of them is a diesel, which is 1.6-litre TDI four-cylinder unit with 95 PS (94 hp; 70 kW). There are two versions of the 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol three-cylinder, with either 95 PS (94 hp; 70 kW) or 115 PS (113 hp; 85 kW), and a range-topping 1.5-litre TSI petrol with 150 PS (148 hp; 110 kW).[14][15] It is available with a 5- or 6-speed manual, and a 7-speed DSG transmission. All T-Cross variants are front-wheel drive as its Polo-sourced underpinnings do not support an all-wheel drive configuration.[13] It was delivered to the customers in April 2019.

T-Cross First Edition

1st Edition models are based on T-Cross Style 1.0-litre TSI with 115 PS (113 hp; 85 kW). It is available in 150 and 50 units in manual and dual clutch gearboxes respectively, which were available as part of a lottery.[16]


Petrol engines
Model Displacement Power Torque Transmission
1.0 TSI 95 999 cc I3 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) 175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) 5-speed manual
1.0 TSI 115 999 cc I3 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG
1.5 TSI 150 1,498 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG
Diesel engine
1.6 TDI 95 1,598 cc I4 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 5-speed manual or 7-speed DSG
Euro NCAP test results
Volkswagen T-Cross (2019)
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 36.9 97%
Child occupant: 42.4 86%
Pedestrian: 38.9 81%
Safety assist: 10.4 80%


The Euro NCAP has awarded the T-Cross a five-star rating.[17] It scored 97% for adult occupant safety, 86% for child safety, 81% in the pedestrians and other vulnerable road users category and 80% for on-board safety tech. The T-Cross features several passive and active safety systems, including pedestrian and cyclist protection, automatic emergency braking, front assist and a speed limiter. High-end trim levels add several advanced features including adaptive cruise control, hill start assist and blind-spot monitoring.[18]

Latin America


Unveiled on 25 October 2018 and sold from April 2019, the T-Cross built in São José dos Pinhais plant in Brazil is a long-wheelbase version one, sharing the 2.65 m wheelbase with the Virtus which stretches its length to 4.19 m while keeping it on the MQB A0 platform.[19]

The Latin American T-Cross is available with several engine options, including 1.0-litre TSI making 128 hp (130 PS; 95 kW) used in the Brazil-made Polo and Virtus serving as an entry option, while the high-end trims is equipped with 1.4-litre TSI engine capable of 150 hp (152 PS; 112 kW) produced in São Carlos, São Paulo. The São José dos Pinhais plant will also manufacture the T-Cross with 1.6-litre MSI engine with 110 hp (112 PS; 82 kW) of power output dedicated for exports to other Latin American countries and LHD African countries. It is available with a 6-speed manual transmission for the lowest trim, while the other trims solely available with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The Brazilian-made T-Cross used torsion beam for the rear suspension, sharing its suspension configuration with the Virtus with specific calibrations for an SUV model.[20]

While the Brazilian-made T-Cross has a longer wheelbase compared to the European version, the engineering team focused on making a larger space and legroom for the second row passengers. As the result, the capacity of the boot was reduced. While the European T-Cross carries between 385 and 455 litres (rear seats unfolded, depends on the rear seat recline position), the Brazilian model is only capable of 373–420 litres. This is also the case for the Chinese T-Cross and Tacqua, being the long-wheelbase version of the T-Cross.


The model built in Brazil is exported to Mexico with a 1.6-litre engine coupled with the Tiptronic six speed automatic transmission. It is the second car in Volkswagen's Mexican lineup to use the all new modular MQB A0 platform.

It also comes with a 6.5" Composition Media and Apple CarPlay infotainment system, six airbags, ABS brakes and electronic stability control, and automatic post collision braking will be available in all versions. It obtained a five star rating by Latin NCAP. It arrived to the market in Mexico in September 2019.[21]


Petrol engines
Model Displacement Power Torque Transmission
1.0 200 TSI 999 cc I3 118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp) (with petrol) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) (with ethanol)
1.5 250 TSI 1,498 cc I4 152 PS (112 kW; 150 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 6-speed automatic
1.6 MSI 1,598 cc I4 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp) 155 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft) 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic


In China, the car is offered by two manufacturers (SAIC-Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen) with two different names, which are the T-Cross and Tacqua respectively.


The Chinese market T-Cross was unveiled on 25 October 2018. It is manufactured and marketed by SAIC-VW and adopted the long-wheelbase body like the Brazilian T-Cross. It features a different front and rear bumpers to adapt with the Chinese market taste and trends. It is available in two engine options, which include 1.4-litre TSI which makes 148 hp (150 PS; 110 kW) and 1.5-litre MPI with 113 hp (115 PS; 84 kW) of power output. It went on sale in April 2019.[22]


The twin model of the T-Cross for the Chinese market is named the Tacqua. Manufactured and marketed by FAW-VW, the Tacqua bears more resemblance with the Brazilian-made T-Cross in terms of exterior appearance, with the exception of the Tacqua R-Line model which is a new design. The Tacqua offers the same long-wheelbase body and engine options as the T-Cross built by SAIC-VW, which are 1.4-litre TSI and 1.5-litre MPI. It was unveiled in November 2019 and launched to the market in December 2019.[23][24]


Petrol engines[25]
Model Displacement Power Torque Transmission
1.4 TSI '280 TSI' 1,395 cc I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) 7-speed DSG
1.5 MPI 1,498 cc I4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) 145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) 5/6-speed manual

† Marketed and labeled as such in China

India (Taigun)

In February 2020, Volkswagen revealed the Taigun for the Indian market which is based from the Chinese market T-Cross with several changes.[26] It is unrelated to the concept model from 2012 with the same name. Volkswagen claimed the Taigun is built on a modified MQB A0 platform dedicated for Indian market called the MQB A0 IN. It is planned to be sold in India by mid-2021.[27]

Sales and production figures

Year Sales Global
Europe[28] China Brazil Mexico
T-Cross[29] Tacqua[30]
2019 101,229 63,495 2,457 37,081[31] 788[32] 274,071[33]
2020 113,320 44,523 30,908 60,124[34] 5,961[35]


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