Earlier this month, we reported how the Volkswagen T-Cross for India would be very different from the European version. Speaking exclusively to IAB, Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen India confirmed that the India-bound SUV would share only some components with the European-spec VW T-Cross CUV.
Much like the Indian SUV, the Brazilian T-Cross will be different from the EU-spec. A test mule of the Brazil-spec VW T-Cross was snapped by Renato Maia, a reader of Motor 1.
The Brazilian VW T-Cross has the same adversaries as in India - the Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks. While the European-spec T-Cross has a wheelbase of 2.56 metres, the Brazilian model, which shares its platform with the VW Virtus, has a wheelbase of 2.65 metres. This will lead to higher legroom for the rear occupants. Akin to the Europe-spec SUV, the Brazilian model will get sliding seats that can be folded to achieve a flat floor. It gets several new body panels and notably longer rear doors.
Also, the front passenger seat will have a forward-folding feature to free up space for loading big objects. The new SUV will have a boot-space of 380 litres. It will also offer an airier cabin than the Virtus, which will be owing to the higher roof.
The Brazilian-spec Volkswagen T-Cross will offer the same features as its European sibling. The equipment list will include Active Info Display, 8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment unit, traction control, Electronic Differential Lock (XDS), a brake pads drying system and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
The entry-level Volkswagen T-Cross will be available with a 1.0-litre TSI engine that outputs 128 hp of maximum power. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. The higher variants will offer a 1.4-litre TSI engine that outputs 150 hp. This engine will be available with a 6-speed automatic transmission only.
Manufacturing of the Brazil-spec VW T-Cross will take place at the company's São José dos Pinhais facility. Production will commence early next year, and the launch should happen in April 2019. India can expect to see the T-Cross in late 2020 or early 2021.