Will they or won’t they? There has been a lot of speculation regarding the launch of Volkswagen’s T-Cross SUV in India. Considering the growing demand for SUVs in almost every market segment and price point, this may be a good fit for the country. The mandarins at Volkswagen are reportedly in talks about the feasibility of the T-Cross in India. The T-Cross production model may be shown next year globally.
One good thing going for it is that Volkswagen will localize the MQB platform in India. The company will tap the advantages of the smallest one in this series, namely the MQB A0 and this will be used for churning out products that can compete with market leaders like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. The T-Cross is a B-segment product and this platform may also be used for launching B-segment premium hatchbacks and sedans under the Volkswagen and Skoda brands respectively. The latter may be the successor for the Skoda Fabia and a replacement for the Skoda Rapid while the former could be the replacements for the Volkswagen Polo and Vento in the country.
The Volkswagen Group will be investing close to Rs. 7, 600 crore (approximately) in the Indian market for setting up a new manufacturing line and engineering center at its Chakan facility. The T-Cross SUV will be a rival to the Hyundai Creta and other rivals in the segment. In Europe, it will take on the Renault Captur. Volkswagen will commence production from January, 2019 at its Navarra plant in Spain. In fact, reports state that if the Indian launch of the T-Cross does take place, it may be as late as 2022.