Volkswagen’s small car product line boss, Andreas Krüger, has confirmed that the yet-to-be-revealed T-Cross compact SUV will be launched in India soon. Earlier, VW had exclusively told us that it is considering the upcoming T-Cross as its compact SUV contender in the country. The T-Cross will be the first SUV to be based on the localised MQB-A0-IN platform and will also spawn a Skoda-badged sibling in India.
"We're going worldwide with this (T-Cross), starting in Europe, then South America, both Chinese joint ventures and finally India," added Andreas.
Expect the T-Cross to make its Indian debut around late-2020 as that’s when Skoda is set to reveal its first-ever made-for-India SUV. But before that, expect these SUVs to make an appearance at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo in their respective pre-production prototype form.
Volkswagen recently revealed the official sketch of the Euro-spec version of the compact SUV and followed it up with a teaser video of a lightly camouflaged T-Cross. The Euro-spec SUV is roughly the same size (4107mm) as the MQB A0-based sixth-gen Polo. The India-spec T-Cross, on the other hand, could be slightly bigger than the Euro-spec model. That’s because it is likely to use the Virtus (the Polo sedan) as its base instead of the Polo.
Both the Skoda SUV and the Volkswagen T-Cross are expected to be heavily localised in India. So, expect it to sport a competitive price tag starting from around Rs 10 lakh. In India, the T-Cross will compete against the Hyundai Creta, and the Renault Captur, and upcoming SUVs such as the Nissan Kicks, second-gen Renault Duster, Jeep Renegade and Kia SP concept-based SUV.