Volkswagen T-Cross small SUV to be unveiled in second-half of 2018
Volkswagen had earlier announced that it will introduce as many as 19 new SUVs in its global line-up. The T-Cross will be the smallest of them all, when it sees an international unveil in the second half of next year. The new T-Cross SUV will hold onto its concept’s name – just like the larger T-Roc – and will share styling as well. This new small SUV from Volkswagen is likely to share underpinnings with the latest-gen Volkswagen Polo and the recently unveiled Virtus sedan. It could also share various interior and exterior, mechanical elements as well with these 2 models. As far as size goes, it is probable to be around 4.1 meters long with a wheelbase in the region of 2.5 meters.
Engine options could include a turbocharged 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with 112hp and 175Nm, the same engine that was used on the T-Cross concept. The T-Cross concept came coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox with power sent to the front wheels. Larger four-cylinder turbocharged units are also expected. For emerging markets like South America, expect VW to offer variants with a 5-speed manual gearbox along with 6-speed DSG. Volkswagen’s new small SUV, the T-Cross, when launched will take on the Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Jeep Renegade and the Renault Captur in markets abroad. However, there is uncertainty regarding the T-Cross’ coming in India. Earlier, the T-Cross could have been one of the first products from Tata and VW’s alliance in India. On the positive side, Volkswagen is thought to be still looking at the T-Cross for India.
This is the same engine that was accessible in the T-Cross concept model, T-Cross Breeze concept, revealed at the 2016 Geneva motor show. The unit is likely to be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch as well as a manual gearbox. The T-Cross is probable to be obtainable with both, front wheels and 4-wheel-drive transmissions. The T-Cross is also expected to get a larger four-cylinder turbocharged engine alongside the 1.0-litre turbo. The concept model was claimed to hit a top speed of 187 kmph in 10.3 seconds.
The T-Cross will have a muscular stance and is predictable to feature a wide grille, emphasized wheel arches, 20-inch R-Line alloy wheels. Comparable to the T-Roc, the Volkswagen T-Cross will be positioned below the Tiguan and the Touareg in the company’s portfolio. Volkswagen T-Cross will compete with the likes of the Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Audi Q2, Kia Stonic and Toyota CH-R. The company is also planning to launch the Touareg facelift that will be based on T-Prime GTE concept and an electric car that will be based on the I.D. Cross concept.