Volkswagen has been teasing its upcoming entry-level SUV, the T-Cross, in Europe for quite some time now. Expected to be revealed later this year, the SUV has already been confirmed for markets such as Latin America, China and India besides Europe.
Now, the T-Cross has been spotted testing in Brazil for the first time. The Brazil-spec SUV is touted to be bigger than the Euro-spec version with a longer wheelbase and rear overhang.
Whereas the Euro-spec T-Cross will use the sixth-gen Polo as its base, the Brazil-spec model is expected to based on the Virtus (the Polo sedan a.k.a next-gen Vento), which has a longer wheelbase than the Polo. As a result, one will be bigger than the other although both versions will be based on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB A0 platform.
VW has already revealed that the Euro-spec T-Cross will have a flexible boot space thanks to a unique sliding mechanism for the second-row seats. This means the standard 385-litre boot can be expanded to 455 litres with just a simple lever. We expect the bigger Brazil-spec model to feature the same mechanism as well.
However, expect even better cargo capacity thanks to the longer wheelbase. We expect VW to reveal more details about the SUV before its official reveal, which is expected to take place at the 2018 São Paulo International Motor Show in November.
Volkswagen is expected to launch the T-Cross in 2020 to rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, the Renault Duster and Captur. It will also take on the upcoming Jeep Renegade as well as the Nissan Kicks and Kia’s SUV based on the SP Concept. To make it competitive, expect VW to give it a starting price somewhere around the Rs 10 lakh mark.