Volkswagen PH teases arrival of the T-Cross, a global crossover

Updated Mar 05, 2021 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

The teaser features a shadowy shape, but there are dead giveaways.

On February 23, 2021, a teaser video was posted on Volkswagen Philippine’s official Facebook page. The post says that “2021 is off to a fast start as a new Volkswagen is on its way to you.” The picture of the aforementioned model was shrouded in shadow, though, and some were left guessing as to what it is. 

For some sharp-eyed folks, however, it’s clearly the Volkswagen T-Cross. If you aren’t convinced, then we can take a look at existing pictures of the model and compare the teaser’s roofline and overall shape.

VW T-CrossVW T-Cross Teaser

Use this slider to comapre the actual side profie of the T-Cross with the teaser

If you’re unaware as to what the T-Cross is, then it’s the German marque’s B-segment subcompact crossover. It is currently the smallest crossover model from Volkswagen, and it has been around in several markets since 2018. As a subcompact crossover, this model can fit up to five people. It also offers a lot of practicality with its 385-liter boot. Fold down the rear seats and space can be expanded further.

A picture of the front the T-Cross while travelling through a coastal area

As with most VW models, the T-Cross features a quiet, but strong exterior design

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The T-Cross has a whole host of powertrains depending on where it’s sold. In China, which is our market’s likely source of the model, it uses two powertrain options. The first is a 1.5-liter MPI that can make up to 113 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque.

The said engine is then paired with a five or six-speed manual tranny. The more powerful option available to the Chinese-spec T-Cross is a 1.4-liter TSI paired with a seven-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG). All T-Cross variants are front-wheel-drive.

Other markets where the T-Cross is sold include India, Brazil, and Spain. In those countries, the said model uses other engine options like the 1.0-liter TSI inline-3, 1.4-liter TSI inline-4, etc. It even has a 1.6-liter diesel engine option in Europe. This means that it is indeed a global crossover model.

A picture of the rear of the T-Cross as it passes over a coastal road

The rear end of the VW T-Cross

For now, more details on the T-Cross technical specifications, variants, and pricing for the Philippine market are yet to be revealed. For that, we’ll have to wait until its official local debut.

If you’re excited about the Volkswagen T-Cross, keep reading here on to stay updated.  

Know more about Volkswagen T-Cross 2021

Volkswagen T-Cross

<p>The Volkswagen T-Cross is a five-seater subcompact crossover that first made its global debut in October 2018. Volkswagen said that the T-Cross offers versatility and functionality, which makes it an ideal urban crossover vehicle. Volkswagen Philippines officially launched the T-Cross in May 2021. It is offered in two variants in the local market&nbsp;(180 MPI AT S and the 180 MPI AT SE). Both variants are powered by a 1.5-liter that delivers&nbsp;113 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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