It is being rumoured that Volkswagen will debut the India-bound T-Cross SUV at the Auto Expo 2020 in February. The carmaker is yet to officially announce the same. The T-Cross will be the first VW car in India on the flexible MQB A0 platform that will form the basis of more VW and Skoda cars in future, including the new generation Vento and Rapid.
The India-spec T-Cross SUV will hit the domestic car market in late 2020 or early 2021, after Skoda launches its compact SUV to rival the likes of the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. It will be based on the long-wheelbase MQB A0 platform, which is likely to have a wheelbase of 2651mm, a substantial near-100mm longer than the European-spec version.
When it comes to the exterior design, the T-Cross is likely to look similar to the global model. The local T-Cross should get some India-specific styling changes as the Indian version is expected to look more rugged than the one that’s on sale overseas. Also expect more chrome on the India-spec T-Cross.
We expect the SUV to offer an upmarket and premium interior along with a bunch of features. Colour-coded interior trim is also expected to be on offer on some variants. While VW is yet to formally announce the powertrain strategy for the T-Cross, it is expected to come in petrol engine only, but with varying outputs. Expect CNG to be a part of the powertrain as well, if not at launch, then in the future. Both manual and automatic transmission options are expected to be on offer from day one.
In the compact SUV segment the T-Cross will rival the likes of the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Before the T-Cross is launched, Skoda would also enter the segment with its own SUV on the MQB A0-IN platform.