Wolfsburg - Volkswagen has released a new set of pictures that give us a closer look at its all-new T-Cross compact SUV that’s set to be revealed later this year.

Although these prototypes are disguised at the front and back, the dressing is light enough to leave little to the imagination, with a large-grilled front end inspired by the T-Rok and square tail lights round back joined by a central strip.

The chunky shape will make it appear more macho than soft-roader rivals like the Renault Captur, although the T-Cross will be unashamedly urban oriented, with all versions being front-wheel driven. 

The new SUV will share its MQB platform, and even its wheelbase, with the Polo hatchback, although with a length of 4107mm it is slightly larger. A more versatile interior is also promised, with the T-Cross featuring a sliding back seat that can vary the ratio between rear legroom and luggage space.

According to Auto Express, the T-Cross will be offered with the same 1-litre, three-cylinder TSI turbopetrol that powers the latest Polo, also in identical states of tune, with buyers getting a choice between 70kW and 85kW variants. A 1.6 TDI turbodiesel will also be offered in certain markets.

Volkswagen says the T-Cross will be available with a wide range of driver assistance gadgets, with the Front Assist traffic monitoring system and Lane Assist being fitted as standard.

VWSA has confirmed that the T-Cross is coming to South Africa, although exact timing has yet to be disclosed.

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