Volkswagen’s long-awaited T-Cross compact SUV will finally make its global debut by the end of this year. The company will start producing this SUV at the Brazilian facility, which will also be used to develop Skoda’s upcoming Vision X based SUV. The new T-Cross SUV will be based on the VW Group’s MQB AO platform that will also underpin the Skoda Vision X and Seat Arona. The SUV is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2019.
Volkswagen is also considering a compact SUV for Indian market. However, the India-spec model will be based on heavily localised MQB AO IN platform. According to international media, the new T-Cross crossover will be offered with a range of three- and four-cylinder engines with manual and dual-clutch transmissions. It will be offered with two drive train options – front and 4Motion all-wheel-drive. Like the sixth-generation Polo, the SUV could also get the 1.6-litre TDI turbo diesel and a full-fledged GTI with the 2.0-litre TSI petrol developing 200bhp of power.
The T-Cross crossover will share most of its features from the new generation Polo hatchback. It will also get Active Info Digital Display Cockpit and several customisation options for both the exterior and cabin. The company is also aiming to offer more space for rear occupants. However, it won’t have huge cargo capacity. Read – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars In India
Volkswagen T-Cross will be marketed as an aspirational SUV to customers who are ready to spend that little extra than they would on the Polo. For Indian market, Volkswagen is planning to launch 3 affordable cars in the country. The T-Cross based SUV will be directly positioned against the Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur.