Volkswagen is developing a mid-size SUV which will be sold in emerging markets including India. The car will be christened the T-Cross and an image has been leaked online of the production version of the car. This image shows the exterior of the car and is taken from a Volkswagen presentation.
India is scheduled to get the car in 2020, while global markets could see it being launched early next year. The T-Cross will be based on Volkswagen’s MQB AO platform, which underpins the all-new Polo. It will come after Volkswagen launches its compact SUV, the Taigun, to the Indian market in 2019.
Design-wise, the T-Cross carries a bold design theme. The mid-size SUV will get a larger and wider front grille, diamond-cut alloy wheels, square fog lamps and a swooping roofline. This design is inspired by the T-Cross Breeze concept which was previewed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Volkswagen will give the T-Cross a host of premium features. This includes an all-instrument digital console with Apple CarPlay, LED headlamps and tail-lamps, automatic climate control, ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and so on. The T-Cross will be sold in both petrol and diesel engine options.
There is no word yet regarding the engines for the T-Cross. We can expect it to come with a 1.0-litre, four-cylinder TSI petrol engine giving 110 BHP of power and 175 Nm of torque. The diesel engine may be a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TDI engine, capable of delivering 89 BHP of power and 230 Nm of torque.
Both will come mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox. When launched, prices are expected to start from Rs. 12 lakh and go till Rs. 16 lakh for the top-end model. The T-Cross will rival the likes of the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster in the hugely competitive mid-size SUV segment.
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