Volkswagen T-Cross concept SUV to be showcased at Geneva Motor Show
To mark its presence in the ever so popular compact SUV segment, Volkswagen is planning to showcase a concept vehicle of the same class at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. To rival the likes of the Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3 in international markets, the Volkswagen T-Cross concept SUV will be based on the Polo hatchback and will enter the production line in 2018. This entry-level compact SUV concept is a younger sibling of the Golf based T-Roc SUV concept that was previewed in 2014 with an international launch somewhere in 2017.
The T-Roc and T-Cross will be looking to garner more sales in the SUV segments and will form a major part of the German company’s future portfolio of offerings. According to Volkswagen’s chairman, Matthias Müller, production spec versions of both the aforementioned concepts will be placed beneath the Tiguan and Touareg models that are currently on sale.
The two upcoming SUVs hold a lot of promise in European markets where demand for such vehicles is only going to increase. To be underpinned by the well-known and superbly adjustable MQB platform, the SUVs will be offered in petrol, diesel and plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrains. Front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations will drive them.
On the design front, the T-Cross will not look anything like the Cross Polo, which takes inspiration from its hatchback counterpart. Designed under the leadership of Klaus Bischoff, the T-Cross will most likely be a smaller version of the T-Roc. The front end could feature the same grille, while the side profile getting the distinctive wheel arches. Both the models will look similar as they will be part of the same family. With the T-Roc having a length of 4200mm, the T-Cross could feature a profile of 4000mm. However, according to Autocar UK, the two upcoming SUVs will feature uniquely designed body panels with not much exterior part sharing.
By using ‘T’ as initials, Volkswagen seems to be sticking to names starting with the same alphabet in line with its current offerings such as the Tiguan and Touareg. Unfortunately, the company’s proposed small SUV based on the Up’s underpinnings will not see the light of day due to the uncertain financial situation in important South American markets like Brazil.
At the upcoming Auto Expo in Delhi, Volkswagen will be showcasing the Tiguan SUV. Second-generation model of the Tiguan was unveiled back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Tiguan is expected to launch in the Indian subcontinent soon. It could derive 148 BHP of power from the 2.0-litre diesel engine, in contrast to the fact that the vehicle gets eight different engine options across the whole world.
Source – Autocarindia