Volkswagen compact SUV to rival Hyundai Creta; more likely to boast an all-new design language with high-tech interiors
With the thriving demands for SUVs in the Indian market, Volkswagen and Skoda are planning to leverage the most out of their flexible MQB platform and introduce as much as nine sport utility vehicles across different segments in the near future. As reported by AutocarIndia, the first of which will be SUVs based on the T-Cross and T-Cross Breeze concepts.
At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, VW debuted the T-Cross Breeze concept. Instead of being a subcompact SUV as anticipated, it turned out to be a open-top two-seater convertible SUV in its conceptual form. It was considered to revitalise the brand marred by the defeat device emission cheating scandal as Volkswagen expressed its likelihood in having SUVs in every possible segment at the Swiss motoring exhibition.
However, the styling and interiors laid down the path Volkswagen could head towards in the affordable premium or compact SUV models. In place of physical switches and dials like transmission controls and window operating switches, it had two big touch screens displaying the required in-car information. The T-Cross Breeze drop top crossover concept featured a tiny 1.0-litre petrol engine developing 108 hp and signalled a new compact SUV globally.
In the production guise, the compact SUV will be based on the MQB A0 (zero) platform sharing components with the new generation Polo due for India. It will compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta reportedly and therefore could be priced between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 15 lakh.
The new SUV range is more likely to get a fresh design language and high-tech interiors besides soft touch high-quality materials. The compact SUV is expected to be more spacious with plenty of equipment offered.
In the foreign markets, Volkswagen has been expected to utilise a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol engine. But for the Indian space, the compact SUV could derive power from the localised 1.2-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol motor. It will churn out a maximum power output of 112 hp and the diesel mill could be a 1.5-litre diesel TDI producing 117 hp currently built in India.