Volkswagen has just put out a teaser of the T-Cross compact SUV, which will start selling internationally from 2019. The Volkswagen T-Cross is expected to be be unveiled later this year. The SUV will sit under the T-ROC in terms of positioning, and is expected to measure about 4.1 meters in length, which makes it a Hyundai Creta-sized SUV. While the T-Cross sold internationally in developed markets will use the MQB platform, the SUV is expected to retain its looks for the Indian market, but not the platform. This is because Volkswagen has gotten Skoda to re-engineer the MQB platform for lower costs. The new platform will be called the MQB A0 and will underpin the compact SUV and many other budget cars in India.
The Indian variant of the T-Cross compact SUV is expected to first arrive with Skoda badging some time in 2020. The Volkswagen-badged model will follow soon after. Both SUVs will be Hyundai Creta rivals. The SUV is expected to use a 1 litre-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 115 Bhp-200 Nm on most variants. Notably, Volkswagen has announced that it will start building this very engine in India. What this also means is that the India-spec T-Cross is likely to use the 1 litre turbocharged petrol engine, in addition to the 1.5 litre TDI turbocharged diesel engine. The diesel motor will be heavily re-engineered to meet the tight, upcoming Bharat Stage 6 emission norms.
Both manual and twin clutch automatic gearbox options are likely on the India-spec T-Cross as well. For now, the only details that are clear are that the SUV will be a monocoque bodied model with a front wheel drive layout as standard. It remains to be seen if Volkswagen equips the T-Cross with an all wheel drive layout. Which such an option could be in the scheme of things for international markets, it’s unlikely to be offered in India. For now, the SUV is Volkswagen’s big comeback model for the Indian market, where it has suffered a decade of tepid sales. The India-spec Volkswagen T-Cross will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.