– Volkswagen T-Cross SUV is based on the T-Cross Brezze concept.
– Globally, the SUV could be launched sometime this year.
– In India, it could be priced between Rs 12 lakh – Rs 16 lakh.
– The VW SUV will rival Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.
German premium carmaker, Volkswagen will launch a range of new SUVs internationally as well as in the Indian market in the next few years. The company will launch an all-new entry-level SUV in the global markets early next year. It will be based on the Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze concept, which was first previewed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. If latest reports are to be believed, the new SUV’s series production will commence from mid-December, 2018. The German maker had confirmed that the production-spec T-Cross will have its world premiere sometime this year, followed by its launch. This new compact SUV will also make its way to India. Underpinning Volkswagen Group’s MQB-AO platform, the VW T-Cross is essentially based on the new gen VW Polo hatchback.
For people not in the known, Volkswagen Group will develop a low-cost version of this platform in India. Likely to be called MQB AO IN, this platform will be used to develop a range of new VW and Skoda cars for Indian market. The India-spec T-Cross will be based on this platform and is expected to be launched in 2020.
Just to jog your memory, VW had showcased the Up! platform based sub-compact SUV concept – Taigun – for growing markets at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014. However, VW scrapped this SUV due to high development cost. Now, the company is planning to launch the T-Cross SUV to challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur. In a recent development, VW has again started working on the Taigun concept and it will go on sale in 2020 in international markets as T-Track.
Large LED rings around the fog lights with
Integrated roof spoiler
Touchscreen infotainment system
Multi-functional steering wheel
Automatic climate control
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As per a latest report, Volkswagen Group will launch three new Skoda and three Volkswagen cars in the Indian market. The list will include a new VW compact SUV that will be stacked up against the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Jeep Compass. Production-spec model of the vehicle is scheduled to make its global debut sometime this year. Production of the car will commence by the mid-December, 2018. Recently, the company has confirmed that the new entry-level SUV will see a global release towards the end of 2018. However, its India launch is likely to happen by 2020.
|Base||Rs 12 lakh|
|Top||Rs 16 lakh|
Unlike the T-Cross Breeze concept which was topless, the production-ready model will have the conventional SUV-ish design with fixed top and large roof rails. Most of the design elements could be retained from the concept, and some of them could be carried over from the larger T-ROC SUV that was showcased at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. In India, the German carmaker might produce the vehicle with high-level of localisation for achieving competitive pricing.
The Volkswagen T-Cross price in India is likely to fall in the range of Rs 12 lakh (for the base model) and Rs 16 lakh (for the high-spec trim). If launched at this price point, it will take on the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Jeep Compass. Some upcoming new models such as Toyota CH-R and Skoda Vision X-based SUV will also give a tough fight to the vehicle.
Previewed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze concept was a drop top mini-SUV. However, the production version will have a fixed roof, large roof rails and five-door. As mentioned above, the SUV will share some of its styling cues from the T-ROC SUV. Featuring SUV-ish and bold stance, the T-Cross could feature a wide radiator grille, narrow headlamps with LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and LED rings around the fog lamps at the front end.
Accentuating the side profile will be large roof rails, pronounced wheel arches and a high ground clearance. Similar to its concept, the Volkswagen T Cross could be assembled with 19-inch aluminium wheels featuring a spiral design. Towards the rear, the SUV might sport LED taillamps and a wide boot lid with integrated LED lights. The showcased concept was painted in ‘Summer Green Metallic’ shade. Read – 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI Revealed
Dimensionally, the new Polo based compact SUV is 4,133mm long, 1,798mm wide and 1,563mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,565mm. It comes with a boot space of 300-litres. Keeping Indian roads in mind, we expect this SUV to have a ground clearance of around 180-200mm. Read – Volkswagen Virtus Sedan To Replace Vento In India
Details and pictures of the interior of T-Cross are yet to be revealed, but it is expected to share features and design layout with the new Polo hatchback. Just like the T-Cross Breeze concept, the production-ready model will feature the next-generation HMI (Human Machine Interface) along with new control interface. It includes two separate screens – the Active Info Display for a freely programmable instrument panel and the Head Unit for infotainment system. It also gets BeatsAudio sound system with high-end loudspeakers with Apple Carplay, Android Auto or MirrorLink connectivity. Read: New Volkswagen Passat – All You Need To Know
The concept model had a very hypothetical designing line with a huge floating media system that can be connected with the rider’s infotainment system. The center console has been designed keeping future needs in view. The door handles, too, have been designed in an intricate manner with large sized door pockets. One must note that it’s not clear whether aforementioned features will be offered on the production-spec version or not.
|Petrol Engine||1.0-litre TSI|
|Max Power||108.4bhp (110PS)|
|Gearbox||7-speed dual clutch|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||10.3 seconds|
|Diesel Engine||1.5-litre TDI|
For the European market, the SUV will be offered with multiple petrol engines – a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre 4-cylinder and 2.0-litre turbo sourced from the Polo GTI. On the other hand, the India-spec model is likely to come in both petrol and diesel fuel options. Power for the petrol model might come from a 1.0-litre TSI engine paired to a 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox. This powertrain delivers a claimed power of 108.4bhp (110PS) and 175Nm of torque. It can accelerate 0-100kmph in 10.3 seconds. Check Out – Volkswagen T-ROC SUV Picture Gallery
With carbon emission (CO2) values of 115g/km, the showcased convertible model is claimed to hit a top speed of 188kmph. The new T-Cross will be equipped with an all-new diesel engine, which is expected to be the stripped down version of the 2.0-litre TDI unit. VW will phase out the existing 1.5-litre diesel engine due to strict emission norms. It is expected that the India-spec model will get an all-new diesel unit. Read – New Vs Old Volkswagen Polo
The company claims that the Volkswagen T Cross, with a 1.0L TSI petrol engine and a 7-speed DSG gearbox, will return a mileage around 20kmpl. Though, the mileage figure of the India-bound model will vary.
Measuring 4,133 meters in length, the VW T-Cross will lock horns against the Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and the Ford EcoSport.
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