India-Bound Volkswagen T-Cross SUV will debut in its pre-production avatar at the Auto Expo 2020 in New Delhi.
The SUV will feature the India-specific MQB A0 IN platform.
The official launch will be sometime in 2021.
The Volkswagen T-Cross SUV, expecting a launch in India in 2021, will debut at the Auto Expo 2020 in its pre-production form. The vehicle will sport the India-specific MQB AO IN platform, like the ones observed in the South American and Chinese markets.
The exterior will have the Volkswagen family look with some India-specific tweaks distinguishing it from the models sold abroad. One can expect more chrome on the grille and the front bumper, thereby resembling the Chinese model a lot.
The India-specific design envisages a longer wheelbase for the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV, thereby ensuring a spacious cabin and longer doors. The plan is to free up enough space between the wheels to offer ample legroom for the rear seat passengers. State-Of-The-Art infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is on the cards.
The ground clearance will be higher at 205mm as compared to the models sold abroad. The axle and suspension setup will also get a tweak to suit Indian conditions.
Two petrol engine options are on the anvil for India, the 1.5L 4-cylinder EVO TSI and the 1.0L 3-cylinder TSI petrol engine capable of delivering 130hp and 115hp or power respectively. Volkswagen plans to have a CNG variant in the future, as against introducing diesel engine versions.
The new Skoda SUV (most probably Kamiq) will have the same MQB A0 IN platform like the Volkswagen T-Cross SUV. The vehicles will share some of the interiors and body panels, as well. The Skoda Kamiq, expecting an earlier launch, will also be on display at the Auto Expo. Both vehicles are part of Volkswagen’s 2.0 strategy that will see the introduction of two similar sedan models in the Indian market.