Published on January 13th, 2020 | by Subhash Nair0
Volkswagen T-Cross Comes to Singapore, But Will it Come Here?
Volkswagen brought in a left-hand drive variant of their new T-Cross b-segment crossover SUV at last week’s Singapore Motor Show. The T-Cross and the Kia Seltos were pretty much on par in terms of design language, construction, and visual appeal. Both cars are new additions to each brand’s portfolio.
Volkswagen Passenger Car Malaysia haven’t been very daring with product launches. This year’s Passat facelift was the first new addition to their showrooms since the Golf 7.5, while the previous generation Polo continues to be offered as a new car.
Additionally, no new nameplates have been added since the Tiguan in early 2017. Will the T-Cross be the vehicle to change their fortunes, or will the upcoming Perodua B-segment SUV pose too much of a threat?
Here’s some general information about the VW T-Cross. The previewed car was not specified to Singapore’s market and their website has not been updated with booking information for the vehicle.
The T-Cross is based upon the modular transverse matrix (MQB), which allows the driven front axle to be located very far forward. With a total vehicle length of 4.11 metres, the 2.56-metre wheelbase is comparatively generous, allowing a spacious interior with enough room for five people.
For the greatest possible versatility in the interior, the sliding rear seat can be adjusted by 14 centimetres, allowing more passenger leg room or more luggage space. The luggage compartment holds between 385 and 455 litres. Thanks to a rear seat back that folds down fully or partially, in the blink of an eye you can create a flat loading space with up to 1.281 litres of storage volume.
The new T-Cross has a choice of four turbocharged engines: three petrol and one diesel. The two 1.0 TSI three-cylinder petrol engines with petrol particulate filter generate 95 PS or 115 PS. The top model is the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder engine with 150 PS. Completing the range is a 1.6 TDI four-cylinder engine with 95 PS. All engines comply with the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard.
Standard equipment for the new T-Cross includes numerous driver assistance systems which were previously reserved for higher vehicle classes. Together with the vehicle’s outstanding crash characteristics and exemplary occupant protection, these increase safety, reduce the risk of a collision and improve driving comfort. Already included as standard equipment are the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking System, the lane keeping assistant Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, the proactive occupant protection system, and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert. Also available as options are the Driver Alert System, automatic adaptive cruise control and Park Assist.
The new T-Cross provides the highest level of networking and connectivity with the outside world. Even the operation and customisation of the on-board functions are intuitive. Smartphones can be charged inductively, and up to four USB ports provide for digital convenience.