Volkswagen T-Cross Compact SUV Spied; To Launch In India By 2019


Another upcoming entrant in the compact SUV segment is the Volkswagen T-Cross. It was recently spied in Europe, indicating a global launch this year. In India, it would come by 2019. Expect the SUV to have a price of around Rs 9 Lakhs to Rs 13 Lakhs. Check out more details of the upcoming compact SUV in India.

While most of the top brands have their sub-compact SUVs in the market, some brands are still left. Amongst those, is one Volkswagen. Globally, it has a compact SUV by the name of T-Cross Breeze. However, recent reports suggest that the Volkswagen T-Cross might launch globally this year or early 2019 and will come to India next year too. The T-Cross might take some design cues from another successful SUV, T-ROC. It will also get its features list taken from the current Polo GTI. Expect the car to be priced between 9 Lakhs to Rs 13 Lakhs. The pricing will put it in rivalry with Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, TUV 300, the upcoming Jeep Renegade and Nissan Terrano. It is expected to also borrow GTI’s Virtual Cockpit Display, as one of its main highlights. Read ahead to get more details on the upcoming Volkswagen Compact SUV.

Volkswagen T-Cross

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Volkswagen T-Cross – Design

In terms of design, the SUV will get some styling elements from T-ROC. It will get a larger and wider grille, diamond cut alloy wheels, grilled square lamps and a flatter roof. Globally, the body will be used on the Volkswagen’s MQB AO platform. In India, it will not get the global body platform. The leaked image suggests that the SUV will feature big fog lamps with the usual logo in the middle of the front grille flanked by LED lamps. The photo also shows a skid plate, which is an upcoming styling element in most of the SUVs. It will get a fixed black roof with roof rails. For competing in India, it will also feature an Electric Sunroof. No photo of the rear body of the SUV is released yet.

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Volkswagen T-Cross – Features

In terms of features, it will get the same ones in the new-generation Volkswagen Polo. Volkswagen T-Cross might get the Active Info Digital Cockpit Display, touch-screen infotainment system, electric sunroof, automatic climate control and more. In terms of safety, it might get 6-airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, Hill assist and Traction Control. Most of these features are available in T-Cross’s competition, so it is likely to have most of them.

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Volkswagen T-Cross – Engine Specs

1.0 Litre Turbocharged 2.0 Litre Petrol 1.5 Litre TDI
Engine 999cc 1996cc 1498cc
Power 112 BHP 200 BHP 89 BHP
Torque 250 Nm 400 Nm 230 Nm
Transmission 5-speed Manual/6-speed DSG
Mileage 18 KMPL 12 KMPL 18 KMPL

Coming to the engines, it is likely to get the 2.0 Litre petrol engine, that produces 200 BHP worth power. Indian version can also get 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit churning out 112hp power and 175Nm torque. The same is expected to be mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed DSG gearbox propelling the front wheels. The 1.5-litre turbodiesel will also be offered in the SUV. It will mostly come with manual and dual-clutch transmissions.

Volkswagen T-Cross

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Volkswagen T-Cross – Expected Price

Price (ex-showroom)
Rs (9 Lakhs to Rs 13 Lakhs

Given the expected specs, features and competition, Volkswagen will most likely place it in the range of Rs 9 Lakhs to Rs 13 Lakhs. Like the Polo, Volkswagen T-Cross will also emerge as a very competitive player. However, T-Cross will be a late entrant in this segment and is required to have all the latest safety features and technology for a proper competition.

Volkswagen T-Cross – Competition

Given the price, the T-Cross will compete with Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the upcoming Jeep Renegade. This segment is currently developing and that too at a very alarming rate. So, Volkswagen has to ensure that T-Cross gets most of the features to give up the competition. If seen, Creta offers the highest number of features currently amongst the competitors.

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