Volkswagen T-Cross SUV will be aligned with Skoda’s compact SUV coming in H2 2020 and based on MQB A0 IN platform
Skoda is taking the charge for Volkswagen Group’s INDIA 2.0 project and the first product in line for arrival is a compact SUV, scheduled for second half of 2020. It is based on the MQB A0 IN platform and is expected to spawn a VW badged cousin as well.
Hot on the heels, Volkswagen has been teasing the global media with camouflaged images and videos of its smallest SUV member. We informed you about the existence of T-Cross for a long while and it is finally coming on song towards the end of this year to greet overseas customers.
According to a report emerged on Auto News Canada, the T-Cross will see the light in the Indian market, apart from Europe, South America and China, as the company has increased its focus on making a big presence locally. Judging by the speculations, we can expect the compact SUV to reach India only by end-2021 or 2022.
The Volkswagen T-Cross is built on the same MQB A0 architecture that underpins the latest generation Polo sold worldwide. However, for India, it will have heavily localised content to appeal for price conscious buyers courtesy of the MQB A0 IN platform.
The German manufacturer will use the upcoming Skoda SUV for its advantages, as it will arrive at the market ahead of the T-Cross. Internationally, Volkswagen will utilise a number of small capacity turbocharged powertrains including a 1.0-litre TSI petrol, 1.5-litre TSI petrol and 1.6-litre TDI diesel.
Thanks to the new volume-based platform as well as standard components, dimensions and production processes the costs will be significant lowered and production times will be drastically reduced. The Volkswagen T-Cross is more likely to compete against the likes of Hyundai Creta and could be priced between Rs. 9-14 lakh (ex-showroom).