New details for the India-bound Volkswagen T-Cross have emerged ahead of its anticipated debut in the country sometime late in 2020 or early 2021. The India-spec T-Cross is based on the low-cost MQB AO IN platform instead of the expensive MQB AO platform that underpins the European-spec new Polo. Reports claim that the new model will offer a spacious cabin and will be an affordable model.
In order to keep the price factor in check, the India-spec model will not be built using expensive hot-stamped steel and will also miss out on the vulcanised rubber bushings in the front anti-roll bar. The company will also skip the sliding second-row bench that offers variable boot space. Mechanically, the India-bound T-Cross will get two petrol engine options. The 128bhp producing 1.5-litre four-cylinder EVO TSI engine will be the major highlight, while the other engine option will include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engine that produces 113bhp. The SUV will get cylinder-deactivation technology that is expected to deliver around 10 per cent more efficiency.
In terms of dimensions, the upcoming T-Cross is expected to have a wheelbase measuring 2,651mm, which makes it longer than the European-spec model and will also be 90-100mm taller than the international spec model. Moreover, the India-spec model will also offer slightly better ground clearance at 205mm and an India specific suspension setup.