Volkswagen Confirms Sub-4m Crossover That Could Rival WRV, Nexon In India

April 13 2018

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Will be based on the VW Group’s smallest modular platform, the MQB-A0, which is set to be localised by 2020

Volkswagen is developing a sub-4m crossover that will be based on the  MQB A0 platform as confirmed by its Latin American subsidiary. It will  sit below the India-bound T-Cross compact SUV with which it shares its platform.

The crossover in question will go up against the Honda WR-V and the Ford EcoSport in the South American market while the T-Cross, which is set to be  introduced in global markets later this year, will take on the likes of  the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Captur.

This sub-4 metre compact SUV is likely to be introduced in India by 2020  since that’s when the first product based on the localised version of  the MQB A0 platform is expected to roll out. The India-spec platform  will be known as the ‘MQB-A0 IN’  and will form the basis for any MQB A0-based global products coming to  India. The initial lot of MQB-A0 IN-based cars will roll out from the  company’s Chakan facility in a couple of years.The expected cars that will built on the MQB-A0 IN include the  replacement models of the Polo and Vento/Rapid along with compact SUVs  such as the Volkswagen T-Cross and the Skoda Vision X-based SUV

While it is too early to guess, the sub-4m crossover could be a Cross  Polo based on the latest generation of the Polo, which is yet to make  its way to India. However, there’s a chance Volkswagen might even ditch  the Cross Polo altogether in favour of a new model based on the new Polo  but with a significantly redesigned exterior design, similar to what  Honda has done with the WR-V, which is based on the Jazz but rides  higher and gets a high-set front fascia apart from a subtly updated rear  profile to make it stand out.

In our opinion, Volkswagen should go the Honda-way. Crossovers like the  Cross Polo, which are essentially hatchbacks on stilts with some  cladding, have not worked well in our market. However, the Honda WR-V,  which is also based on a hatchback but presented as a completely new  model, has managed to capture buyer interest, and it even outsells the hatchback it’s based on.

Volkswagen has given the sub-4m SUV segment a shot in the past with the  Taigun concept, which was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo. However, it  never made it to production. Can VW come up with a similar offering  based on the MQB-A0 IN platform to take on not just cross-hatches, but  also sub-4 metre SUVs? Well, only time will tell.

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