Volkswagen will present the smallest member of its SUV range, VW T-Cross, in the autumn of 2018. A report by Automotive News Canada confirms that the VW T-Cross will be launched in the Indian market as well.
Andreas Krueger, who heads the small car product line for Volkswagen AG, told Automotive news -
We're going worldwide with this, starting in Europe, then South America, both Chinese joint ventures and finally India.
Speculation surrounding the launch of the VW T-Cross has been doing the rounds since October 2016. The first MQB A0 IN-based products are slated to arrive only in 2021, which means that the potential Hyundai Creta rival isn't expected to reach us at least for the next three years. It will be closely related to Skoda's SUV for India that will be unveiled in the second half of 2020.
The VW T-Cross for global markets including Europe, South America, and China is based on the MQB A0 architecture that underpins the Mk6 VW Polo as well. The Euro-spec model is 4.10 m long and features a sliding rear seat. It will have two petrol engine options - 1.0 L TSI petrol in 95 hp and 115 hp guises, and 1.5 L TSI with 150 hp. Certain markets will get a 1.6 L TDI diesel as well.
The VW T-Cross for the India market will be underpinned by a heavily localised version of the MQB A0 called MQB A0 IN. It will use a 1.0 L TSI petrol engine, which VW intends to localise. There will be no diesel variant on offer as the 1.5 L TDI is set to bow out by 2020 following the implementation of BSVI norms. Volkswagen is likely to lengthen the wheelbase and adapt the exterior and interior to suit the Indian market better.
The Volkswagen Group has confirmed that it, along with Skoda, will launch four products in India starting from 2021. The first one will be a Skoda SUV, followed by the Rapid's successor. Expect VW to bring mechanical cousins of both products with the T-Cross arriving first, followed by the new VW Vento.