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Volkswagen Planning A New Subcompact Crossover SUV For The US

New Volkswagen crossover SUV will sit below the Tiguan.

New Volkswagen crossover SUV will sit below the Tiguan.

It’s not the T-Cross. It’s not the T-Roc. Volkswagen is planning another subcompact crossover SUV for the American market and it will sit below the Tiguan. From the looks of it, this new crossover will be specifically designed and engineered for the American market, which failed to get its hands on the T-Roc or the T-Cross.

The new crossover SUV should slot below the Atlas and the Tiguan, two of Volkswagen’s latest small crossovers. In this increasingly popular class, the new SUV will compete with the Honda HR-V, the Jeep Renegade, and many others. It should use the MQB platform that was utilized for VW’s entire lineup at this point. Power should come from a turbocharged four-cylinder partnered with either a front- or an all-wheel drive.

The T-Cross and the T-Roc could give some indication of what this new crossover will look like—or at least, how it will be sized. Volkswagen doesn’t think so, though. Most subcompact SUVs in the US measure between 165 and 170 inches long.

Both the T-Cross and the T-Roc are not proper references because of their size. The T-Cross, which is based on the Polo, a hatchback that is smaller than the Golf, is only 161.8 inches long. It is nearly two feet shorter than the Tiguan and shorter than other cars in the same segment.

The T-Roc is sized similarly to the Golf but Volkswagen still does not think this is a good basis for the American-bound VW crossover since it is only 166.7 inches long.

From this, we can surmise that the new VW subcompact SUV for the American market will be larger than the two existing models. You may have to wait a little longer to get your hands on this new model because VW said it won’t be launching next year. It should be ready sometime in 2020.

 

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