Volkswagen T-Cross is expected to launch in India sometime later next year or in early 2020; will have bigger dimensions than Euro-spec model
Under the India 2.0 strategy, Skoda is taking the charge of a new assault from Volkswagen Group as the upcoming products will be based on a heavily localised and modular MQB A0 IN platform. While some argue that VW Group is late to the party with a huge investment, as the old saying goes, it is better late than never.
Skoda has confirmed launching a compact premium SUV next year in India and it will be heavily influenced by the Kamiq – the brand’s smallest SUV till date. On the Volkswagen side, it has widely been reported to introduce the T-Roc later this year taking advantage of the import relaxation and observing the demand, it may as well enter the local assembly.
However, Volkswagen’s first major impact from the MQB A0 IN will be dealt by the India-spec T-Cross. In late October 2018, VW hosted the world premiere of the T-Cross in Amsterdam and it plays a main role in the brand’s target of achieving 50 per cent total sales from SUVs by 2025.
The India-spec T-Cross will have bigger dimensions resulting in more space inside the cabin compared to the European version. Currently, the T-Cross has three specifications suiting Europe, Latin America and China respectively. It will reportedly have longer wheelbase of 2,651 mm and taller pillars.
The consequence of the larger proportions and lowered central tunnel is that India will have roomier rear for occupants as well as increased boot volume. It will have also have more than 200 mm ground clearance and the mechanical settings could be inclined towards offering comfortable ride quality.
India will use a 1.5-litre TSI petrol producing 130 hp with cylinder deactivation technology for improved economy and a smaller 1.0-litre TSI developing 115 hp. With diesel powertrain no more in the vicinity, VW could try for some sort of hybridisation in the near future. The T-Cross will rival Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks, Kia SP2i and the likes.