Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Volkswagen T-Cross makes global debut, India launch expected in 2020

Volkswagen T-Cross makes global debut, India launch expected in 2020

Volkswagen T-Cross destined for the European markets is based on the MQB A0 platform and measures 4,110mm in length. Production will commence in China and South America in the near future, once the locally specced versions of the T-Cross are readied for production. The small SUV is 4.11 meters (161.8 in) long with a 2.56-meter (100.8-in) wheelbase.

The 2019 Volkswagen T-Cross has finally been unveiled overnight at premiere events in Amsterdam, Shanghai and São Paulo. Developed markets like the U.S. would not get the model at all. Furthermore, it benefits from a sliding rear seat that has 140 mm (5.5 in) of travel, maximizing either legroom or boot volume, depending on the need. The SUV gets Tiguan-like headlights with slim chrome accents and LED daytime running lights. At the back, the SUV gets LED elements for its tail-lamps and a horizontal lightbar that runs across the tailgate.

The model line-up in United Kingdom will be the familiar S, SE, SEL and R-Line trims and top spec cars will get a digital instrument binnacle, eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, LED headlights, automatic climate control and the choice of dash pad colours for the centre console. As per the Polo, the 1-litre, three-cylinder TSI turbopetrol is offered in 70kW and 85kW guises, and there's also a four-cylinder 1.5 TSI option with 110kW on tap.

Internationally the Volkswagen T-Cross will be offered with four engine options including three petrol and one diesel. A 1.6-litre diesel with 94bhp and a 1.5-litre 148bhp petrol will be offered in certain markets, although it is undecided if either will be available to British buyers. The T-Cross gets Active Info Digital Cockpit Display, automatic climate controls, an electric sun-roof, 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and ESP besides hill start and traction control. Driver Alert System, automatic adaptive cruise control and Park Assist are available as options. It is the company's first small auto SUV.

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The Volkswagen T-Cross compact SUV will also arrive in India in 2020 and will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Captur.

Volkswagen has also included an emergency braking via the City Emergency Braking System, including Pedestrian Monitoring as standard and Lane Assist lane-keeping assistant.

Along with the platform, the Skoda SUV will share a few body panels from the T-Cross, along with many interior bits like the dashboard, seats, and tech. It will come to India as a sub-four metre SUV and as a part of Volkswagen India's 2.0 plan, but that will happen around 2021.

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