Volkswagen T-Sport To Rival Maruti Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue

  • May 02, 2019

Volkswagen and Skoda are all set to enter the sub-4-metre car space in India and it seems that the leading German automobile manufacturer is well on its tracks in this regard. Volkswagen is reportedly working on the subcompact sports utility vehicle (SUV) based on the sixth generation Polo which shares the same platform of the T-Cross SUV. The T-Cross, when launched in India, will be based on the local MQB A0-IN platform.

Volkswagen, meanwhile, has confirmed that its new SUV based on the Polo will be unveiled in Brazil next year. The company is yet to confirm whether it will introduce a subcompact SUV for the Indian market. Industry observers, however, are expecting such a car from Volkswagen sooner than later since the subcompact SUV is one of the fastest growing segments in India.

The German automaker offered a more rugged version of the fifth-generation Polo in India. It was christened as the Cross Polo. The car looked like a Polo hatchback model with some all-side plastic cladding. Volkswagen has confirmed to the Brazilian media that the sixth generation SUV based on the Polo will be a new car. The vehicle is widely touted to be the T-Sport.

Volkswagen, for the overseas market, is unlikely to be concerned about the length of the T-Sport. However, the car is likely to be less than four metres in length for the Indian market to reap the tax benefits. In that case, it will face competition from the Ford EcoSport, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and the upcoming Hyundai Venue. The sub-4m SUV space in the Indian car market is growing exponentially with almost all manufacturers introducing their own subcompact models. The segment will become more crowded in the near future with Toyota’s own Brezza, the next generation EcoSport, and the new Jeep subcompact SUV hitting the streets in the next few years.


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