Volkswagen will soon unveil the all-new T-Cross compact SUV, a Hyundai Creta rival. The Volkswagen T-Cross will first go on sale internationally, and it won’t be until 2020 or early 2021 that the SUV will be launched in India. The German automaker has released an official video that shows the T-Cross wearing some floral camouflage wraps. Except for the finer design details, the T-Cross SUV has nearly been fully revealed through the latest video.
The T-Cross that will be sold in Europe and other developed markets of the world will be based on the Volkswagen MQB platform. For India, though, the compact SUV that Volkswagen will launch is expected to use the MQB A0 platform. The compact SUV for the Indian market is expected to derive design details from the global T-Cross but there will be significant changes in terms of the interiors, engines and even the overall length of the SUV sold here. Skoda has been working on the low-cost MQB A0 platform, and will also launch a compact SUV that will share parts with the India-spec Volkswagen T-Cross.
For now, we know that the Volkswagen T-Cross and its Skoda equivalent will come with both petrol and diesel engines in the Indian market. In fact, the Volkswagen group has confirmed that a new 1-litre 3-cylinder TSI turbocharged petrol engine will soon be made in India. This motor will have power and torque outputs of up to 115 Bhp-200 Nm, and will be heavily localized in India to keep costs low. Manual and twin clutch automatic gearboxes are expected to be offered in this engine. The diesel is expected to be the 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that is already on offer in non-MQB cars such as the Polo and Vento in India.
However, the 1.5-litre TDI diesel motor will get additional emission control equipment for it to meet the much stricter Bharat Stage 6 emission norms, which will come into force in India from April 2020. The India-spec Volkswagen T-Cross will take on vehicles, such as the Hyundai Creta and the new Renault Duster in India. It’s expected to be a better-built, more premium alternative to the Hyundai Creta, which will be in its second generation by the time the India-spec Volkswagen T-Cross arrives here. The Volkswagen group is betting high on compact SUVs, which will be a big part of its India 2.0 strategy.