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.

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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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