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A new teaser image of the forthcoming Volkswagen T-Cross small SUV has been released, ahead of the car’s public debut in the Autumn.

First seen as a concept at the 2016 Geneva show, the T-Cross will become Volkswagen’s smallest SUV model. It will line up in showrooms alongside the existing T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg.

Safety will be a major part of the T-Cross sales message with it claimed to be one of the safest vehicles of its class. While all its safety features are yet to be revealed, the car will be supplied with what is described as a suite of driver assistance systems, and ‘Front Assist’ autonomous braking and lane-departure warning will be standard.

Technical details of the newcomer are currently scarce but its creators say it will be 4107mm long, built on the brand’s new MQB A0 modular platform that has already underpinned the VW Polo hatchback and the SEAT Arona, effectively a sister to the T-Cross. Volkswagen is also confirming that the car will be front-wheel drive only.

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Bold looks

Primarily rivalling the Nissan Juke, the T-Cross will seek to meet the growing trend for city-based SUVs popular for their bold visual presence and interior space over any perceived off-road capability. The teaser sketch suggests that it will have muscular styling though this is expected to be less bold on the production model.

The T-Cross will be marketed under the strap of ‘I am more than one thing,’ Volkswagen describing it as “At home in the city, and ready for the small and large adventures both inside and outside the urban jungle.”

Volkswagen is expected to fully reveal the T-Cross in the summer, before its likely public debut at the Paris Motor Show. It is set to go on sale early in 2019 and while prices are yet to be revealed, industry sources predict they will start from around £17,000.

T-Cross Breeze, a 2016 Geneva show concert, hinted at the new model.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.