Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Volkswagen T-Cross - Meet Germany's rival to the Hyundai Kona

Volkswagen T-Cross - Meet Germany's rival to the Hyundai Kona

That said, Volkswagen could add the 1.6 diesel to the T-Cross line-up at a later date if the market shows signs of a revival.

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. The smallest SUV from Volkswagen will also lock horns against the upcoming Skoda SUV (expected in 2019) that also uses heavily localised MQB A0 platform for India.

Based on the same MQB-A0 platform as the new-gen Polo, the T-Cross is 4.2m long, 1.76m in width and 1.56m in height.

The carmaker announced Thursday that by 2025, it will offer more than 30 SUV/ crossover models globally, and it expects half of all Volkswagens sold around the world to be sport utility vehicles. While its length may be shorter than its rivals, its 2,563 mm long wheelbase puts it ahead of the Peugeot 2008 (2,538 mm). It gets sliding rear seats that'll help in increasing legroom, or cargo room, depending on position. Developed markets like the United States of America would not get the model at all. The front bumper also gets some rubberised body cladding at the bottom, along with a faux aluminum panel placed at the centre.

On the inside, the VW T-Cross gets a dashboard similar to the Virtus with a premium feel.

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The T-Cross packs a 10.25-inch fully digital instrument cluster and up to 8-inch glass-encased touchscreen infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto.

Under the hood, the new T-Cross will have a choice of four turbocharged engines: three petrol and one diesel. Higher variants will come with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine that will deliver a healthy 150hp and 250Nm.

The T-Cross comes with black interiors.

Already included as standard equipment are the Front Assist area monitoring system with Pedestrian Monitoring and City Emergency Braking System, the lane keeping assistant Lane Assist, Hill Start Assist, the proactive occupant protection system, and the Blind Spot Detection lane change assist system with the integrated Rear Traffic Alert. A bigger 1.5-litre TSI making 150 hp will be another option and the power is sent to only the front wheels via a five- or six-speed manual gearbox, or seven-speed DSG automatic as option. A Driver Alert System, adaptive cruise control and Park Assist are optional. The company is aiming with a 5-star Latin NCAP crash test rating for the T-Cross SUV. 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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