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Coming to India! Volkswagen T-Cross Scores 5-Stars at Euro NCAP

Written by Nizam Shaikh

As reported earlier, the Volkswagen T-Cross will be coming to India soon, and the Made-in-Europe T-Cross has been crash tested by Euro NCAP in which it has received a full 5-star rating. The car that was tested features 2 front, 1 side head and 1 side chest airbag, ABS with EBD, lane assist, speed assist, and more such safety features. According to the experts at the Euro NCAP test facility, the crash dummy indicated that the femur and knee protection was more than adequate for both the driver and the passenger. The passenger compartment upon frontal offset impact also remained stable. Passengers of different sizes, sitting in different positions also received similar level of protection.

The Volkswagen T-Cross that was used in the crash test was powered by a 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine that produces 95 PS of power and 175 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The SUV can do a top speed of around 180 kmph where law permits, though we do not recommend high-speed driving on public roads. Other engine and transmission options like a diesel engine and an automatic transmission are also expected to be available in India along with the above mentioned petrol engine and the car is likely to be BSVI emissions compliant from the time of its launch.

In terms of safety, the T-Cross has obtained the following marks:-

  • 97% for adult safety,
  • 86% for child safety,
  • 81% for pedestrian safety 
  • 80% for other safety assist features.

The exterior dimensions of the international spec SUV measure 4108mm in length, 1760mm in width, 1584mm in height and a wheelbase of 2551mm. The boot space capacity of the T-Cross is 455 litres and the kerb weight is 1204 kgs. It is expected the T-Cross will use the MQB AO IN platform which has been developed by the Volkswagen, exclusively for the Indian market. The car is expected to be around 150mm to 200mm longer for the indian market, as compared to the international variant.

The interiors of the T-Cross are expected to feature a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, automatic climate control air-conditioning, rear AC vents, a sunroof and leather upholstery along with a leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.

In terms of competition, upon launch, the T-Cross will rival the likes of the Maruti S-Cross, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks. The price is expected to be around INR 10 lakh to INR 15 lakh ex-showroom and it is expected to hit Indian shores by the year 2020.