We all know that Volkswagen is preparing to launch the much anticipated T-Cross compact SUV in 2018 in the global markets. The automaker has been testing the vehicle for a while now and the new prototype of the India-bound Volkswagen T-Cross was recently spotted testing in Finland. The testing in extreme cold weather conditions hint towards the SUV being capable of handling tough climatic conditions. The upcoming Volkswagen T-Cross is one of the nineteen SUVs that Volkswagen plans to have in its fleet by 2020 and the crossover is expected to get unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new Volkswagen T-Cross will share its design and styling with the larger T-Roc SUV, which was unveiled early this year at Frankfurt. Built on the carmaker's highly versatile MQB platform, the T-Cross is based on the popular compact hatch Volkswagen Polo. The same platform underpins other VW vehciles such as the Virtus (second-gen VW Vento), the Seat Ibiza (premium hatchback) and the Seat Arona (compact SUV). Apart from this, it will also borrow the designing and styling cues from the Breeze Concept showcased by VW at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Mechanically, there is nothing clear about the powertrain of the model but we can expect the 2018 VW T-Cross to be powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that will produce 112 hp of power and 175 Nm of torque. This is the same engine that was available on the T-Cross Breeze concept. Transmission duties are likely to be carried out by a seven-speed dual-clutch as well as a manual gearbox. The T-Cross is expected to be available with both, front wheels and all-wheel-drive form is most likely to get a larger four-cylinder turbocharged engine alongside the 1.0-litre turbo. According to VW, the concept model has a top speed of 187 kmph in 10.3 seconds.
In terms of looks, the new VW T-Cross will get a fixed top with large roof rails, a three slat grille like the T-Roc at the front along with horizontal headlamps with halogen lights for the base variants while the top variants will get projector lamps and LED daytime running lights. Steel wheels and simple two-tone ORVMs are the other exterior highlights. However, there is nothing clear about the rear of the crossover as it has been spotted heavily camouflaged apart from the unique square-pattern LED tail lamps.
Likely to be positioned below the Tiguan and the Touareg in the company's portfolio, the upcoming VW T-Cross will compete with the likes of the Audi Q2, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic and Toyota CH-R globally while it will take against the likes of Hyundai Creta in India. Apart from this, the company is also planning to launch the Touareg facelift that will be based on T-Prime GTE concept and an electric car that will be based on the I.D. Cross concept. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming 2018 VW T-Cross compact SUV.