Volkswagen T-Cross, the compact SUV by Volkswagen has been leaked online. Photos of the production-ready model have been leaked. T-Cross will be launched globally by end of the year and is expected to reach Indian markets by next year. It is 4.2 m Compact SUV which will compete with Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta.
Volkswagen T-Cross, a Compact SUV is under works and will launch globally by year end 2018. The T-Cross will be similar to the T-Cross Breeze Concept and might copy a lot of its parts from Breeze and Volkswagen Polo GT, including the engine. Recently, photos of the production-ready model were leaked online, indicating that the compact SUV might launch this year. T-Cross after its launch will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Maruti Vitara Brezza and Hyundai Creta. There are no official announcements as such, but the SUV will cost higher than Polo but a lot cheaper than the Tiguan. In Volkswagen’s global lineup, it will be placed below T-ROC.
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.
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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Coming to the engines, it is likely to get the 2.0 Litre GT TSI 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.
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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.
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