After plenty of delays and conjecture, Volkswagen has finally confirmed its Polo-based T-Cross and Golf-based T-Roc crossovers will officially launch in Australia during May 2020.
Speaking at the launch of the expanded Touareg range, VW Australia product marketing manager Jeff Shafer explained 2020 will be its "year of the SUV" as the T-Cross and T-Roc join the current Tiguan and Touareg to finally present a "full range" of Volkswagen family-haulers.
While details for T-Roc remain slim, Shafer confirmed the T-Cross will launch in May with an 85TSI version, using the 85kW three-cylinder engine from the current Polo.
It will be joined "weeks after the initial launch" with a higher-grade 110TSI variant, powered by a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine making 110kW and 250Nm, mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission.
This is the first implementation of this particular petrol (TSI, in Volkswagen Group speak) engine fitted to a Volkswagen model locally, though this particular powertrain made its Australian debut in the 2019 Skoda Karoq.
Volkswagen Australia refused to comment on pricing or add further detail on specification, it's predicted the T-Cross 85TSI will start below $30,000 when it hits showrooms mid-year, while it's likely the 110TSI version will be priced around the mid-$30,000 mark.
When it touches down, the larger T-Roc (above) is expected to be offered with a 140kW engine and all-wheel drive.
“We’ve waited a long time for these cars and we’re extremely excited about them,” says Volkswagen Australia PR manager Kurt McGuinness.
“To have two models that play in that really crucial small city-sized SUV area is going to be an important segment for Volkswagen Australia to be competing in.”