We informed you earlier that Volkswagen is planning to launch 3 all-new cars based on the locally developed MQB AO IN platform. The first model will be a compact SUV, based on the T-Cross SUV. According to AutoCarIndia, Volkswagen will showcase the made-for-India T-Cross SUV at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. The model to be unveiled will be in a pre-production form.
The Volkswagen T-Cross will go on sale in the Indian market in 2021. The India-spec model will ride on a longer wheelbase compared to the International-spec model based on the MQB AO platform. The T-Cross is currently on sale in markets like South America and China. Styling of the SUV will be similar to the global model, but will receive India-specific styling tweaks. The report claims that the T-Cross will come with more chrome to the front styling, especially on the grille and the front bumper area.
The India-bound Volkswagen T-Cross is reportedly to offer 2,651mm of wheelbase, which is around 90-100mm longer than the European-spec model. The increase in wheelbase will result into a more cabin space. The SUV will offer better legroom space for rear occupants. Inside the cabin, the T-Cross will have plush interiors with colour-coded bits. It will be benefitted with high-end features with larger touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and sunroof.
The Volkswagen T-Cross for India will come with a higher 205mm ground clearance, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions. The suspension set-up for the India-spec model will be different from the global model. The SUV will be offered with 2 petrol engines – a 130bhp, 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder EVO TSI and a 115bhp, 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged. The company is likely to introduce CNG powered T-Cross as well.
Skoda will also showcase a compact SUV (Kamiq) based on the MQB AO IN platform at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. The Kamiq will share the engine specs and design highlights with the T-Cross SUV. The VW T-Cross will take on the likes of the Kia Seltos, new Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and the Nissan Kicks.