Volkswagen has been working on the company’s smallest SUV T- Cross for quite a long time. The automaker has confirmed the global debut of the upcoming compact SUV this month on 25th October. Not only to the international market, but the T- Cross will also make its way to the Indian market. The India- bound T- Cross will debut at 2018 the Sao Paulo Auto Show in November. Internationally, the T- Cross will be launched first in the South America and China, followed by its India launch in 2020.
Internationally, the VW T- Cross will be under pinned by the Volkswagen’s MQB A0 platform and will measure 4,133 mm in length, 1,798 mm in width, 1563 mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,560 mm. However, the measurement will change for the emerging markets like India and UAE with a slightly tweaked MQB A0 architecture measuring 4,199 mm in length, 1,568 mm in height and wheelbase of 2,651 mm, while the width will remain the same. Other than this, VW has also confirmed that the new compact SUV will offer a boot space of 373- litres that can be expanded up to 420- litres by folding the second row seat and 1281-litres by sliding the rear bench seat by 60: 40.
Under the hood, the upcoming VW T- Cross for European market will come powered by 1.0 L TSI in two different tunes producing 95 bhp as well as 115 bhp and a 1.5 L TSI petrol engine option churning out 150 bhp of maximum power. Talking about the India- spec T- Cross, it is expected to come powered by the smaller capacity 1.0 L gasoline unit. In terms of transmission options, we can expect both manual and automatic gearbox options.
Moving towards the design and features, as seen in the prototypes and design sketches- the baby- SUV by VW will borrow the design elements from the elder sibling T- Roc. The T- Cross will boast the same grille with full-width louvres along with sharp body creases all around and the headlight and taillight as seen on the T- Roc. While the tail light will be seen as a one-piece unit running across the tailgate, the automaker will be offering a two-tone paint scheme for the exterior with a choice of 12 color options. Not only the exterior but the interior of the VW T- Cross will also be offered in same color theme inside the cabin as seen on the new- gen Polo. Though, not yet confirmed but the features list will comprise of a fully digital instrument cluster called Active Info Display along with Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) system with a glass-encased 8- inch screen coupled to Beats Audio, a premium sound system sourced from Beats by Dr Dre among others. The safety features for the T-Cross will include six airbags, ESC, traction control, hill hold assist along with ABS and EBD. However, the automaker will also offer the autonomous emergency braking and driver fatigue detector that are likely to become mandatory in India by 2023.
In India, the smallest SUV by VW will be sold with Skoda’s badge with design inspired by the Skoda Vision X concept that broke cover at the Geneva Motor Show in March, 2018. As a part of the India offensive 2.0 program, VW will be positioning the T-Cross as their foot soldier in the high-selling sub-four metre SUV segment. When launched, the VW T- Cross will rival directly against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur in the segment. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming VW T- Cross.