Volkswagen has been at looking at streamlining its product portfolio over the globe and now we see it usher in a new era of cars altogether. The new era of the Polo hatchback was recently disclosed in Berlin with a public debut expected at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was at this occasion Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management discussed some of the future products that Volkswagen are expected to bring to the table.
The focus of the organization will now shift to making SUVs and that focus has been moved thanks to global trends. The organization presently offers 4 SUVs across global markets – Tiguan, Touareg, Atlas and the Tiguan AllSpace. Sadly India gets just one of these – the Tiguan but there are more coming our way. We’ve already said that SUVs are a global trend and Volkswagen is getting on the bandwagon. As per Diess, “Volkswagen will be hoping to take the tally of its SUVs to 19 by 2020 and it’ll all begin with the T-Roc which will be launched later this year.”
From a portfolio of 4, Volkswagen plans to grow it to 19 in only 3 years and that is ambitious for sure. Diess clarifies that by 2020, 40% of the market offering from the Volkswagen stable will be SUVs. The T-Roc will be the first among the others to hit the market.The VW T-Roc will join the line-up underneath the Tiguan. It will be based on the versatile MQB platform and Volkswagen target audience are clients who want practicality and a raised ride height. Expect the petrol and diesel motors to be like the ones in the Golf. So, a 113bhp 1.0-liter turbocharged petrol, 1.5-liter TSI Evo petrol, and 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter diesel motors. Likely to be offered with front-and four-wheel drive, the VW T-ROC’s choice of gearboxes will include a six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic.
We can hardly wait to know what cars Volkswagen has in store for India and considering that our nation is taking a liking to SUVs and in fact the segment is doing very well. This would certainly be an opportune time to get a few cars to India and the Tiguan is a good beginning. Considering that the T-Roc will turn out to be costly to make in India (as we’ve already told you about the new-gen Polo) however we wait for Volkswagen to do the math and well, bring the car here.