Is Volkswagen Entering the Mini-SUV Market?

August 19, 2016

The crossover market seems to be booming in 2016 and a new report says that Volkswagen is preparing to enter the fray with two baby SUVs. The company has already released details about the T-ROC, which has shown as a concept. The T-ROC will us Volkswagen’s MQB architecture and according to some reports is already headed to production. Autocar now reports that a second, smaller version, known as the T-Cross, will debut at the Geneva auto show in March.


The T-Cross and T-ROC will both utilize VW’s MQB architecture. The T-Cross is comparable in size to the Polo, while the T-ROC is more in line with the VW Golf. According to Autocar, an unnamed VW executive says a the T-Cross would be around 4000 millimeters (157.5 inches) long. Its closest competitor may be the Mini Countryman, which would be bigger at 161.7 inches, followed by a Nissan Juke at 162.2 inches long.

There will be familiarity between the T-Cross and T-Roc, with both expected to be four doors and have stylistic similarities. The MBQ platform is highly adaptable. It uses a transverse-engine and front-drive, which gives VW the option of using all-wheel drive, gasoline or diesel, or even a hybrid power train at some point.

T-ROC Concept

T-ROC Concept

According to the VW source, “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.”


We will need to wait until Geneva in March to learn more about the little T-Cross. Volkswagen will hopefully disclose whether American dealers will be included in the 2018 rollout. As it stands now, U.S. dealerships only have the Tiguan and Tourareg on their lots, putting it at a disadvantage with consumers who have many crossover vehicles to choose from. Although a new Tiguan is also on the horizon, dealers would welcome the opportunity to sell not one but two new baby SUVs.

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