The Volkswagen group is set to unleash a series of cars and SUVs into India as part of its new plan to get a bigger piece of the Indian car market. The first vehicle to bear the Volkswagen badge as part of this new push into India will be the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV. The Volkswagen T-Cross, which will rival the Hyundai Creta in India, has been spotted completely undisguised in Brazil.
The T-Cross SUV spied in Brazil is bereft of any form of camouflage which allows us to have a clear look at the compact SUV’s design ahead of its official reveal later this year. The overall design of the T-Cross SUV seen on the test mule appears to be quite similar to the T-Cross Breeze convertible SUV first seen at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show but has enough brawny SUV styling elements to appeal to those who want something other than a Hyundai Creta.
The front-end features sleek headlamps joined together by a grille with three horizontal slats and the VW badge front and centre. The front bumper plays host to the multiple lights including the fog lamps along with a large air dam. Sitting underneath the centre of the bumper is a large silver skid plate which gives the T-Cross a more rugged look.
The Brazil-spec T-Cross SUV is underpinned by Volkswagen’s MQB-A0 platform for emerging markets and its wheelbase is a little longer (9mm) than the one on the European-spec SUV. This increased wheelbase length is seen at the sides of the SUV, where the rear doors are larger than the ones on T-Cross meant for Europe. This, combined with a less tapered roofline, should give passengers more room at the rear. A chrome strip runs from the bottom of the A-pillar and over the windows before tapering down towards the tail lamps. At the rear, the T-Cross SUV features a small spoiler on the roof and large taillamps with LED elements.
The Volkswagen T-Cross SUV for India is based on a slightly tweaked version of the MQB A0 platform underpinning the Brazilian version. The made-for-India architecture, dubbed the MQB A0 IN, will also underpin Skoda’s new 5-seater SUV along with more upcoming cars from the VW group.
Volkswagen will preview the T-Cross for emerging markets in November with the SUV set to enter India in 2020. However, Skoda’s version of the T-Cross will enter India ahead of its Volkswagen sibling. The all-new Volkswagen T-Cross SUV for India will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Skoda’s version the T-Cross and the Tata Harrier, among others, when it hits the Indian streets in 2020.