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India-bound Volkswagen T-Cross Now Available With Diesel Engine


The 1.6-litre TDI will join the 1.0-litre TSI engine in the T-Cross lineup

  • The 1.6-litre TDI produces 95PS and 250Nm.
  • It is Euro 6-compliant which is even more stringent than the upcoming BS6 emission norms in India.
  • Indian-spec SUV expected to come with the 1.6-litre TDI motor.
  • Volkswagen will axe the 1.5-litre TDI due to upcoming BS6-emission norms.
  • India launch expected by the end of 2020.

Volkswagen’s latest compact SUV, the T-Cross, is now available with a 1.6-litre diesel engine in international markets. Introduced in the end of 2018, the T-Cross was previously available with an 1.0-litre TSI petrol motor in two states of tune. Have a look at the table to see how the specs of the diesel motor fares against the 1.0-litre TSI engine in the T-Cross lineup. 

Volkswagen T-Cross (UK-Spec)

1.6-litre TDI

1.0-litre TSI

1.0-litre TSI

Power (PS)

95PS

95PS

115PS

Torque (Nm)

250Nm

175Nm

200Nm

Fuel Efficiency (kmpl)

18.73kmpl

17.24kmpl

16.96kmpl

The new 1.6-litre TDI motor in the T-Cross churns out 95PS of power and 250Nm of peak torque and can be picked up with either a manual or DSG gearbox option. While power figures are at par with the lower spec 1.0-litre TSI, it makes the most amount of torque here. The 1.6-litre TDI is also Euro 6-compliant which is even more stringent than the upcoming BS6 emission norms in India. The carmaker also claims the T-Cross TDI MT can do 0-100kmph in 11.9 seconds and the DSG-equipped T-Cross can dispatch that figure in 12.5 seconds. The TDI motor is also the most frugal of the lot.

The UK-spec T-Cross ia available in a total of three variants: SE, SEL and R-Line. Prices for the diesel T-Cross start from £21,240 (Rs 18.74 lakh) for the base SE variant.

Also Read: India-Bound Volkswagen T-Cross Gets 5-Star Euro NCAP Rating!

The German carmaker will eventually bring the T-Cross to our market by the end of 2020. While the T-Cross was expected to be offered as a petrol-only offering here, the introduction of a cleaner diesel engine in international markets might prompt the manufacturer to launch the diesel engine in India as well. It must be mentioned that the carmaker will soon axe the 1.5-litre TDI present on the Polo, Ameo and Vento due to the upcoming BS6 emission norms.

When the T-Cross hits our roads, it’s likely to be priced from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom pan India). At this price range, it will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and the Nissan Kicks.

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