Volkswagen group recently unveiled the smallest SUV in their portfolio. The T-Cross is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform which liberates space for the front axle to be shifted way forward than regular platform. In terms of dimensions the T-Cross is really compact, at 4.11 metre it’s only marginally larger than the sub-four meter SUVs offered in India. And with that small a total length, the new platform has allowed the car to generate 2.56 metre of wheelbase which in turn aids more space inside the cabin.
The T-Cross is powered by three petrol and one diesel engine. The 1.0 litre petrol engine is offered in two state of tunes. The standard one produces 95PS of maximum power while the powerful one produces 115PS of power. Volkswagen has offered a 1.5 TSI petrol engine with the top of the line model that develops 150PS of maximum power. The 1.6 TDI diesel heart is good for 95PS of maximum power. All the engines are Euro 6 compliant and hence the car can easily make its way to Indian market with the soon to be incorporated BSVI emission norms.
The T-Cross is offered with front area assist monitoring system, lane assist system, hill start assist, proactive occupant protection system with integrated rear traffic alert as standard. Volkswagen has also offered driver alert system, automatic adaptive cruise control and park assist for the top variants.
Ralf Brandstätter, Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Brand, at the world premiere of the T-Cross in Amsterdam said, “With the T-Cross, Volkswagen introduces another new SUV model: even shorter and therefore better suited to the city than the T–Roc, and even more compact than the Tiguan. We’re actually presenting the T-Cross today three times over – we unveiled it in Shanghai and Sao Paulo as well. It shows just how important the T-Cross is to the Volkswagen brand as a truly global product.”
The T-Cross is manufactured at the Spanish Volkswagen factory in Navarra. Volkswagen plans to invest one billion euros there by 2019 in order to serve the particularly strong growth in the market for compact SUVs. The T-Cross has not been launched yet. It is quite predictable that Volkswagen will play with the length of the car if they are to launch the SUV in India to save cost. India is an emerging market for compact SUVs and the T-Cross promises to be a good deal.
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