Polo-based Volkswagen T-Cross compact SUV unveiled

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Volkswagen presents its new T-Cross, the company's first small SUV, as it continues its SUV-offensive which began in 2015. With a total vehicle length of 4.11m, the 2.56-metre wheelbase is comparatively generous, allowing a spacious interior with enough room for five occupants. We unveiled it a few hours ago in Shanghai, and São Paulo will follow later tonight. The new mid-sized SUV is based on the new-gen Polo platform and will be making its way to India as a part of Volkswagen's India 2.0 strategy.

As the compact SUV segment sees massive traction around the world, Volkswagen's entry with the T-Cross looks like a bit late. A 1.6-litre diesel with 94bhp and a 1.5-litre 148bhp petrol will be offered in certain markets, although it is undecided if either will be available to British buyers. It has trunk capacity of 385 litres and 455 litres based on the rear seat positioning and it can be folded flat to have an expanded space of 1,281 litres - 33 to 103 litres larger than the Kia's Stonic and and up to 55 litres than Seat Arona. A third engine option will be a 1.6-litre MSI petrol that churns out 110hp.

The new T-Cross has a choice of four turbocharged engines: three petrol and one diesel. The Tiguan Allspace, carrying up to seven passengers, and the more compact T-Roc followed in 2017. All engines are said to be Euro-VI ready.

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The T-Cross is expected to arrive in India sometime around 2020.

Optional features will include driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and an automated parking assistant. The global spec T-Cross comes equipped with a host of safety and convenience features as well, including adaptive cruise control, pedestrian monitoring, city emergency braking, lane assist, hill start assist, blind spot detection, lane change assist.

The cabin is very similar to the Polo's, also offering VW's Active Info Display digital instrument cluster and a modern touchscreen infotainment system behind tempered glass. For the 2017-2027 period, independent forecasting institutes expect an approximate doubling worldwide of so-called CUVs (Crossover Utility Vehicles) in the small auto segment - the class to which T-Cross belongs. This new SUV will lead the change for a new generation of Volkswagen cars in the country.

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Production of the all-new VW T-Cross will begin in Spain, South America, and China later this year, with sales following in 2019.

The Brazil- and China-spec SUVs feature a longer wheelbase.

Expect Volkswagen to launch the T-Cross by 2020 in India.

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