Volkswagen’s T-Cross is headed to India someday in 2020-2021. In Europe, it comes constructed on the corporate’s high-tech and costly MQB A0 platform that additionally underpins the brand new Polo. VW will, nonetheless, customise the T-Cross for India and construct it on a lower-cost model of the platform, often called MQB A0 IN. The sub-platform for India won’t solely be extra inexpensive, will probably be bigger and extra spacious on the within, too.
To start with, will probably be constructed on an extended, 2,651mm wheelbase. A considerable 90-100mm taller than the bottom European automotive, the automotive offered in India may also have longer doorways and a extra spacious cabin. The most important beneficiary of all the additional area between the wheels will, after all, be the passengers on the rear, who will now have far more legroom. What VW will do to make the rear of the cabin much more snug for the third passenger within the again is decrease the peak of the central tunnel that sits between the seats on the ground.
Additionally, to assist cope with our poor roads higher and provides it extra of an SUV stance, the Indian model of the automotive may have barely greater floor clearance, which could possibly be as a lot as 205mm. Curiously, the suspension set-up is prone to be extra comfort-oriented too. To counter this, the Indian T-Cross is prone to get larger-diameter, strong, anti-roll bars. And that’s not it – the rear axle shall be set-up stiffer as nicely, in an effort to counteract physique roll.
VW may also get monetary savings by ‘rationalising’ the platform for India. To start with, the Indian automotive won’t be constructed utilizing costly hot-stamped metal. There shall be no vulcanised rubber bushings used within the entrance anti-roll bar (this helps scale back ‘play’ or ‘lag’ within the entrance suspension), the seats used on the Indian T-Cross received’t be as costly because the European spec ones, the sliding second row bench that permits for variable boot area shall be deleted, and the sealed-in bearing and hubs on the Indian fashions shall be of a decrease spec, too.
Beneath the hood, the Indian T-Cross will get two petrol engines. The mainstay shall be a 130hp, 1.5-litre, four-cylinder EVO TSI. Since gas economic system is so vital in India, this engine may also characteristic cylinder-deactivation know-how, which is prone to make it a full 10 p.c extra environment friendly. The opposite engine that shall be placed on sale in India would be the 115hp, 1.Zero-litre TSI, a three-cylinder unit. There shall be no diesel engine on supply when the SUV makes it to Indian shores, because of Bharat Stage-VI emission norms. However VW can be taking a look at a CNG model, and as soon as the facelift is completed, VW doesn’t rule out the presence of a light hybrid.
On the entire, if priced nicely, the Volkswagen ought to take the battle to the likes of the Hyundai Creta, the Tata Harrier and the upcoming Kia SP2i.