German auto major, Volkswagen has readied a concrete strategy alongside a one billion euro war chest, to begin its conquest of the Indian automotive market. The Skoda Auto-led product offensive will bring in two compact SUVs – one from the stables of Skoda (to come in earlier) and the other from Volkswagen (2020-2021).
Both these compact SUVs are slated to enter the market on the MQB A0 IN, an India-specific platform of the MQB A0. Built on this platform, the compact SUV T-Cross may be showcased at next year’s Auto Expo. From a recent media report, it has become evident that the MQB A0 IN platform will offer larger dimensions, while keeping costs low. This translates into a bigger wheelbase with more cabin space for the new Volkswagen T-Cross that will be launched in the near future.
Media reports have claimed the T-Cross may come to India with a 2,651 mm wheelbase and may end up being taller by nearly 90-100 mm, than the European spec car. It is further noted that the T-Cross in India will have longer doors. Volkswagen is also said to be reworking the geometry of the floor tunnel to improve rear seat occupancy. Further, the company may offer the T-Cross with enhanced ground clearance to cater to the unreliable roads in the sub-continent. It is stated in the media report that the T-Cross may come with as much as 205 mm of ground clearance, which may not be the best but is certainly among the top figures being offered in the segment.
Both Volkswagen and Skoda compact SUV are said to come with synergies that will aid in driving economies of scale for the Group in India. Further, Auto Tech Review also learned earlier this year, the new compact SUVs will offer excellent driving dynamics and come with superior torsional rigidity. It is rumoured that the new Volkswagen T-Cross for India will get larger-diameter, solid, anti-roll bars and a stiffer rear axle setup to offer exceptional control.
The T-Cross coming to India may come with two petrol engines that includes a 1.5 l four cylinder EVO TSI and a 1.0 l, three cylinder, TSI. The 1.5 l unit will be rated at 130 hp, while the 1.0 l unit will offer 115 hp. With BS VI around the corner, it is uncertain if Volkswagen will bring a diesel powertrain to India.