The T-Cross will be one of the 19 SUVs to be introduced by Volkswagen before 2020. The compact SUV is based on the T-Cross Breeze concept showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Volkswagen is likely to retain the T-Cross moniker for the production model. The compact SUV is expected to feature a wide grille, 20-inch alloy wheels and wide wheel arches for a rugged look similar to the T-Roc.
The T-Cross compact SUV will be based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB A0 platform and is expected to borrow parts and engines from the Polo hatchback.
The entry-level variant of the T-Cross is likely to draw power from a 1-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. The engine will be coupled to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox delivering power to the front wheels.
A larger four-cylinder turbocharged engine is also expected to be offered with the production-spec T-Cross. Volkswagen claimed that the concept model could sprint from 0-100km/h in 10.3 seconds before topping out at 187km/h and a fuel efficiency of 20.04km/l.
The T-Cross in its concept form was a front-wheel-drive model, but the production version might be offered with an all-wheel-drive system. The new compact SUV will rival the likes of Audi Q2 when launched in 2018.
Volkswagen is aiming to introduce 19 SUVs by 2020 to strengthen its product portfolio in several global markets. If at all the German automaker brings the T-Cross to India, it will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport and Honda WR-V.