The Volkswagen T-Cross for India will be based on the low-cost MQB AO IN platform
The much-awaited Volkswagen T-Cross is expected to be launched in the country in the second half of 2020. The new model is likely to make India debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. We already informed you that the India-spec T-Cross will be built on the new and locally developed MQB AO IN platform. For people not in the know, the European-spec model is based on the versatile MQB AO platform that also underpins the new Polo and the Virtus sedan. A new media report reveals new details on the upcoming India-spec T-Cross.
The Volkswagen’s new MQB AO IN platform will be affordable and larger and more spacious than the MQB AO unit. The new T-Cross will have a longer wheelbase of 2,651mm and it will be around 90-100mm taller than the European-spec model. The SUV for India will come with longer doors and a more spacious cabin. The increase in wheelbase will result into more legroom space for the rear occupants. Moreover, VW engineers will lower the height of the central tunnel that sits between the seats on the floor to make rear good comfortable for 3 occupants. Also See – Volkswagen to launch T-ROC SUV this year in India
The report further claims that the Volkswagen T-Cross for India could come with a ground clearance of up to 205mm and is likely to come with comfort-oriented suspension set-up. The SUV is likely to get larger-diameter, solid, anti-roll bars to counter the softer suspension setup. To reduce body roll, VW is likely to set-up stiffer rear axle. In order to curb pricing, Volkswagen will also rationalise the platform for India. The Indian model won’t receive expensive hot-stamped steel, vulcanised rubber bushings in the front anti-roll bar and low cost seats. In fact, the India-spec model is not likely to receive the sliding second row bench seat that allows for variable boot space and legroom. Also See – Volkswagen T-Cross to have up to 95% local components
The Volkswagen T-Cross will be available with 2 petrol engines – a 130bhp, 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder EVO TSI and a 115bhp, 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged. The 1500cc engine will also feature cylinder-deactivation technology, which could make the new engine 10% more efficient. The company won’t introduce the diesel version of the T-Cross. In fact, VW is looking at a CNG Version of the SUV in India. The compact SUV will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Kia SP2i, Nissan Kicks and others.
Source – AutoCarIndia