Volkswagen will globally introduce the VW T-Cross, a new small SUV, in 2018. The company’s Indian subsidiary has confirmed that it is considering this product for its portfolio.
Speaking to CarDekho, Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, said: “In the (Hyundai) Creta range, as we announced in Frankfurt, we have a car called the (VW) T-Cross.” “So, that’s one solution we are looking for India,” Mr. Knapp added.
The VW T-Cross will arrive as the production version of the VW T-Cross Breeze concept. The concept is 4,133 mm long, 1,798 mm wide and 1,563 mm tall. It has a 2,565 mm wheelbase. Under the hood, it has the 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine producing 110 PS and 175 Nm of torque. This powerplant sends drive via the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In Europe, Volkswagen could offer the VW T-Cross with 1.0-litre TSI petrol, 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol, 1.0-litre TGI petrol-CNG and 1.6-litre TDI diesel engines. Transmission choices may include 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic. Volkswagen’s latest technologies, including Active Info Display, Discover Media infotainment system, Front Assist with Adaptive Cruise Control, City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert and semi-automated Park Assist are likely to make it to the T-Cross.
For Europe, the VW T-Cross’ production will likely take place alongside the VW Polo in Navarra, Spain. If launched in India, the Hyundai Creta rival will roll out of Volkswagen's Chakan plant, which will need a heavy investment for retooling to manufacture MQB platform-based models. As in the case of the Renault Captur, Volkswagen may transfer the looks and features of the T-Cross but switch the platform from MQB to the 'Eco' that is under development.