The T-Cross SUV by Volkswagen is on a testing spree for quite some time now. Recently, the small SUV by VW has been spied testing in Brazil looking ready for production. As a part of VW’s future plan 2.0, the T-Cross SUV is expected to be launched in the Indian market by 2020. According to the manufacturer, the India-bound SUV would share only some components with the European-spec VW T-Cross CUV and will basically be a derivative of a larger T-Cross being developed for markets in South America. The Volkswagen T-Cross SUV for emerging markets will see a world premiere at the upcoming Sao Paulo Motor show in November 2018.
The spied vehicle retains the overall shape of the European model, but is slightly longer with clearly longer passenger doors. Compared to the European-spec T-Cross, the model gets a different treatment at the rear giving the SUV a bit more of an upright stance and liberating more boot space of up to 380 litres at the back. The adjustable rear seats which can be moved forwards or backwards, in order to improve more cargo or legroom as required will also be offered with the upcoming T-Cross. The small SUV by VW spotted testing gets an extended wheelbase of around 2.65m as compared to 2.56m on the Euro-spec T-Cross and shares underpinnings with the Volkswagen Virtus sedan which sits on a modified variation of the MQB A0 architecture meant for emerging markets.
The spotted SUV will be sold in emerging markets where second-row space and cargo volume are key considerations for buyers and the automakers clearly wants to offer the customers what they need and gain the desired profit. However, the first brand to launch its own derivative of the T-Cross in India will be Skoda and not VW. Though, the new Skoda SUV will share multiple body panels with the T-Cross but will have its own identity as it will take some styling cues from the Skoda Vision X SUV concept that made its debut earlier. The Volkswagen T-Cross SUV will be locally manufactured at the Chakan plant alongside Skoda models and will come powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will be able to churn out around 115 bhp of maximum power output.
In terms of features, the upcoming VW T-Cross SUV will be offered with a range of advanced premium features. The interiors of both the VW and Skoda T-Cross SUV are expected to borrow tweaks from the latest-gen Polo and the Virtus sedans. Higher-spec variants are expected to come loaded with a competitive feature list that includes an 8.0-inch infotainment system as well as the digital speedometer display from the Virtus sedan is likely to make its way in the India-spec SUV. Measuring around 4.19 m in length, when launched, both the Skoda and VW T-Cross SUV will rival against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, the upcoming Tata Harrier and the Nissan Kicks in the Indian market. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming VW and Skoda T-Cross SUV.