Volkswagen’s next big thing for the Indian market will be a compact SUV, likely to wear the T-Cross nameplate. This compact SUV will take on the Hyundai Creta and will operate in the compact SUV segment in India. However, the new Volkswagen SUV is at least 2 years away from production. The SUV will share its underpinnings with a similar Skoda SUV. The Skoda SUV will make its debut first, sometime in 2020. The Skoda SUV and Volkswagen T-Cross compact SUVs will share the MQB-A0 platform. This platform is currently being developed by Skoda, as a low-cost platform for developing markets, such as India and Brazil.
Volkswagen has already unveiled the T-Cross in concept form, the T-Cross Breeze Convertible. The hardtop version will go into production for the Indian market. It’s likely to share most styling bits from the convertible model. The T-Cross will be front-wheel driven, and will feature a monocoque body. A front-wheel drive will be standard. Volkswagen is expected to offer both petrol and diesel engine options on this compact SUV. Both engine options are likely to be turbocharged. Both manual and automatic gearbox options could also be offered. With an eye on the future, the T-Cross is expected to be hybrid and electric powertrain ready.
Volkswagen will slow down launches for the next couple of years. In fact, the German automaker is betting big on the next range of cars for the Indian market, based on the MQB A0 platform. These cars will begin arriving only by 2020, and the T-Cross compact SUV will be the first vehicle to spearhead Volkswagen’s next big wave of cars for India. In the meantime, the Polo and Vento will get refreshes. Volkswagen will continue to export cars from India, allowing the German automaker to keep its production line busy. The Chakan factory will be configured to produce the new crop of cars based on the MQB A0 platform.
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