Volkswagen T-Cross could enter into production by the end of 2017 or early 2018, so we expect it to be launched in globally markets sometime in the first half of 2018.
The Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze production model will be based on VW Group's MQB-A0 modular platform that will also underpin the 2017 Polo.
German premium carmaker, Volkswagen is planning to launch a slew of SUVs internationally as well as in the Indian market. The company is working on all-new compact based on Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze concept, which was unveiled in 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It will be built on VW Group’s MQB-AO platform that also underpins the new generation Polo hatchback. 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. Also Read: Volkswagen Ameo – All Details in 9 Quick Points
In India, Volkswagen is planning to localise production of the Polo based SUV to achieve competitive pricing. Similar to the T-ROC, this compact SUV will continue with the Volkswagen T-Cross nameplate. The German automaker has already revealed the Golf-based T-ROC SUV. The new compact SUV will share design cues with its bigger siblings and will have full-width grille and wider wheel arches. Read: New Volkswagen Polo GTI Launching Soon; To Rival Fiat Abarth Punto
– The German automaker is planning to launch new products in the thriving market that is projected to become world’s third largest by 2020. VW will localise the MQB-AO platform in India to spin off new models. The company is considering VW T-Cross SUV to rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. However, launch of new models will only happen by 2020. Continue reading…
– Volkswagen has started testing the production version of the T-Cross compact SUV, indicating that the global launch could take place in early 2018. The spy pictures suggest that the SUV follows the VW family design. It will share design cues with the T-ROC crossover, but the T-Cross will have several SUV-like rugged styling. Continue reading…
Large LED rings around the fog lights with
Integrated roof spoiler
Touchscreen infotainment system
Multi-functional steering wheel
Automatic climate control
ABS + EBD & dual front airbags
Though there is no clarity about its launch timeline, we expect the Volkswagen T Cross Breeze to enter into production sometime by the end of 2017 or early 2018. The vehicle will go on sale in international markets in the first half of 2018, while the India launch could take place in 2019 or 2020.
|Base||Rs 12 lakh|
|Top||Rs 16 lakh|
The new T-Cross based SUV will rival against the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the upcoming Toyota CHR. We expect this SUV will be priced in the range of Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh.
The VW T-Cross Breeze concept was a drop top mini-SUV, but the production ready model will come with a fixed roof and five-door. Codenamed VW216, the T-Cross comes with a boxy body that gives it a traditional SUV styling. The new model shares design cues from the T-ROC crossover, but it comes with a rugged SUV-like stance. The compact SUV’s exterior styling seems heavily inspired from the new-generation 2017 Volkswagen Polo hatchback. The door mirrors of the crossover are full-sized that further seals its retail model plans. The T-Cross Brezze also features LED headlamps, fog lights with large LED rings, and LED taillights. The company has added roof rails and increased the ground clearance, which adds to its rugged SUV styling. It will come with full-width grille and black side skirts. It is expected that the SUV will have a wheelbase of 2,560mm, which is around 90mm more than the previous Polo. The showcased concept was painted in the ‘Summer Green Metallic’ colour.
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.
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 new Polo. The new model will be equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration and navigation. Other features will include a multi-functional steering wheel, automatic climate control, leather seats, etc.
The concept model showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show 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. There is a new-generation digital instrument – Active Info Display – along with a new configurable Head Unit, the next-generation human-machine interface (HMI) with no control switches and BeatsAudio sound system.
|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, there will be a range of petrol engines that might include – a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre 4-cylinder and 2.0-litre turbo from the GTI. On the other hand, the India-spec model is likely to come in both petrol and diesel fuel options. Power for the VW T-Cross Brezze petrol comes from a 1.0-litre TSI engine coupled 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.
With carbon emission (CO2) values of 115g/km, the convertible can 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 engine. Also Read: 2016 Volkswagen Polo – All You Need to Know
The company claims that the Volkswagen T Cross will return a mileage around 20kmpl, though this could be different in real life conditions.
Measuring 4,133 meters in length, the VW T-Cross will go up against the Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and the Ford EcoSport.