Volkswagen Debuts All-New T-Cross - Smallest VW SUV Ever

Volkswagen Debuts All-New T-Cross - Smallest VW SUV Ever

Volkswagen Debuts All-New T-Cross - Smallest VW SUV Ever

Volkswagen T-Cross will take on the Creta, Harrier and the Kicks; will share platform with Skoda Vision X SUV.

The all-new compact crossover will finally be shown without camouflage and the vehicle's specs are expected to be confirmed tonight.

This is the vehicle previewed two years ago by the T-Cross Breeze concept auto, and in markets where it will be sold it will compete against the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Kia Stonic. This model is based on a modified version of the MQB A0 architecture. It is, in fact, identical to the Virtus sedan's (second-gen Vento) wheelbase. This sedan is also headed to India in future. The longer wheelbase version will be coming to India while the shorter version will be made for the European market. The sliding rear seat can be adjusted by 140 mm.

On the outside, the T-Cross for emerging markets gets a slightly different front fascia from its European cousin.

The T-Cross features a chrome grille flanked by wraparound headlamps that have integrated L-shaped DRLs. The LED tail lights are unique and match the character of the SUV. The T-Cross gets a contrast roof option as well. Also available as options are the Driver Alert System, automatic adaptive cruise control and Park Assist.

Like its regular hatchback sibling, the T-Cross is available with the digital Active Info Display instrument cluster and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen - both sit along the same axis for improved visibility for all passengers, with the centre air vents sitting lower down. While the higher variants will get a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that will develop 150 HP and 250 Nm of peak torque. Completing the range is a 1.6 TDI four-cylinder engine with 70kW. The T-Cross debuts with four turbocharged power plants: three gasoline and one diesel. Safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), hill hold control, electronic differential lock, tyre pressure monitoring system, fatigue detector, autonomous braking and more. The company is aiming with a 5-star Latin NCAP crash test rating for the T-Cross SUV. As part of the India 2.0 strategy, Skoda will introduce this SUV in India in 2020, after a reveal of the production version sometime next year.

Slotted below the T-Roc, Tiguan and Touareg the T-Cross is pitched at the base end of the spectrum and it competes against the likes of Renault Captur, Nissan Juke, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3 and Peugeot 2008 among others.

Expect Volkswagen to launch the T-Cross by 2020 in India.

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