Volkswagen refreshes T-Cross with new styling and updated tech

Updated Jul 05, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The small crossover looks a bit more mature now.

The local subcompact crossover segment is packed with sleek and stylish models that help attract young car buyers. Volkswagen may have an answer to this demand with the unveiling of the facelifted T-Cross.

Volkswagen T-Cross front view

Facelifted Volkswagen T-Cross

Over in the European market, the facelifted Volkswagen T-Cross is arriving with a more rugged look similar to its bigger crossover siblings, the T-Roc. It features redesigned front and rear bumpers, which are said to have increased the overall length by 27 mm.

The exterior lighting system has also been updated, with the headlights getting new graphics. Meanwhile, the taillights come with a new X motif that adds a more distinct and stylish finish to the rear end.

Volkswagen T-Cross side view

The crossover gets a more mature look

Inside, the cabin hosts a revised dashboard with added soft-touch paddings. For a chic look, the higher-end variants come with decorative stitching.

VW integrated tech upgrades for the facelifted iteration. The entry-level variant is equipped with a new eight-inch touchscreen, while its higher-end variants get a larger 9.2-inch head unit. Additionally, the German automaker said that screens use the latest software.

Volkswagen T-Cross interior view

Revised interior of the T-Cross

Under the hood, no powertrain changes were made for the Euro-spec T-Cross. This means the crossover still has two turbocharged options, namely the 150-horsepower 1.5-liter DSG and 1.0-liter TSI available with either 95 horsepower or 116 horsepower. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The PH-spec T-Cross, in comparison, is powered by a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated gasoline engine good for 111 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. It is matched with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Volkswagen T-Cross rear view

Deliveries will start early next year

It is still unclear whether we will get to see the refreshed Volkswagen T-Cross on Philippine roads soon, especially considering that the local units are sourced from China. What we know for now is that the deliveries of the facelifted model will begin in its home market in the first quarter of 2024.

As of this writing, the VW brand has delivered over 1.2 million units of the T-Cross. Volkswagen Philippines is offering the small crossover for Php 1,340,000 for the sole 180 MPI AT SE variant.

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Know more about Volkswagen T-Cross 2024

Volkswagen T-Cross

The Volkswagen T-Cross is a, five-seater, subcompact crossover. Locally, it has two different variants. There’s the T-Cross S 180 MPI AT priced at Php 1,098,000, and the T-Cross SE 180 MPI AT, which can be had for Php 1,250,000. 

Size-wise, the T-Cross is 4,218mm long, 1,760mm wide, and 1,599mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,651mm, and a ground clearance of 185mm. 

Under the hood of the Volkswagen T-Cross is a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that can make 111 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox, which sends power to its front wheels. 

Locally, the Volkswagen T-Cross competes against the likes of the Toyota Raize, Kia Seltos, MG ZS, Geely Coolray, Honda HR-V, among others. 

₱ 1,098,000 - ₱ 1,340,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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