German marque, Volkswagen is planning to localize its Polo-based compact SUV in India. While at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Juergen Stackman, member of the board of management, Volkswagen spoke to Autocar India and said "We are in the process of trying to localise the compact SUV in India." The new compact SUV is slated to enter the market in 2018.
The localization of the product will help the company to keep the price range in check. The car will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta in the Indian market. The design will be based on the T-Cross Breeze concept that was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show and is expected to be based on the MQB 40 platform that will also underpin the next generation Polo hatchback.
Volkswagen says that the it's cabin will be similar to the BUDD-e concept that means the number of knobs and buttons inside the cabin will be minimal. VW has also confirmed that the compact SUV will be offered with myriads of tech and with good interior quality. Inside, it will be quite spacious taking its concept version into consideration, as it gets a tall boy stance.
Under the hood, Volkswagen will most likely pack the new car in a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol, while for the Indian market, the T-Cross is likely to be powered by the localised four-cylinder 1.2 TSI unit that cranks out similar power of 110 bhp and a more powerful version of the 1.5 TDI that can belt out 116 bhp of power, currently made in India.