The Volkswagen T-Cross compact SUV will be unveiled in three locations – Germany, Brazil and Chile – respectively
Volkswagen will unveil the long-awaited production-ready T-Cross compact SUV globally next month. The T-Cross is likely to be unveiled in three locations – Germany, Brazil and Chile – respectively. The company will offer the T-Cross in two sizes, European-spec and a longer wheelbase version for developing nations.
The European-spec Volkswagen T-Cross will have a wheelbase of 2,560mm, while the Brazilian-spec model will sit on a longer wheelbase of 2,650mm. The longer version is built on the slightly tweaked MQB AO platform, which is specially developed for developing nations including Brazil, China and India. The public debut of the India-spec model will happen at the Sao Paulo Auto Show on November 6, 2018 and Guangzhou Motor Show in China in mid-November. For India, the VW SUV is expected to be unveiled at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. Also See – VW T-Cross Interior Revealed In A New Sketch
The India-spec T-Cross will be longer than the European-spec model. Thanks to the longer wheelbase, the new T-Cross for emerging markets will have better cabin space and more cargo room. The SUV also gets adjustable rear seats that can be adjusted to offer more cargo space or legroom, whichever is required. The design of the longer model will be similar to the Euro-spec model; however, it will get slightly tweaked front fascia. It will have chrome treatment on grille and tailgate, and vertically placed LED DRLs.
The cabin of the T-Cross will be shared with the latest-gen Polo, which is already on sale in select international markets. The dashboard is simple yet functional, featuring a large 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Buyers will have an option to select colour-coded bits for the dashboard and centre console. For instrumentation, the SUV will have a large 10.25-inch display. Read – 2019 VW T-Cross First Review Comes Out
India will first get a Skoda sub-4 meter SUV, which is developed on locally developed MQB AO IN platform. The new Skoda SUV will share body panels with the T-Cross, but will have different design and interior. The styling cues of the Skoda’s SUV will be shared from the Vision X SUV concept. Both T-Cross and Skoda compact SUV for India will be powered by a newly developed 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine producing around 115bhp of power. Transmission options are likely to include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG automatic. The VW T-Cross will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and the upcoming Nissan Kicks.