Here is the complete list of upcoming new Volkswagen cars in India in the next 2 years.
After completing a decade in the Indian market, German conglomerate Volkswagen plans on bringing affordably priced premium products in a bid to expand its market share in the domestic market. To achieve this, VW eyes aggressive localisation for its future models. Moving forward, the company lately proclaimed its plans to launch Passat premium sedan which was taken off production owing to sluggish demand.
Determined to strengthen its hold on the Indian market, Volkswagen has lined-up new models that are expected to be more feature rich and affordable. Here is a look at the upcoming Volkswagen cars in India that are slated to launch in the next two years.
Volkswagen is prepping to bring back the Passat nameplate to India sometime this year. The premium sedan will come in its new avatar which is already available in some international markets. Underpinning VW’s globally acclaimed MQB platform, the Passat will first be launched in diesel version, whereas the petrol and hybrid variants will be rolled-out later. Making a return to the Indian market, the new generation Passat is a complete departure from the defunct model. That said the new Passat will get a host of new elements to the exterior and interior, reinforcing the aggressive stance. With a bolder front profile, the new Passat will equip a four-bar grille, LED head lights, fog lamps and new bumper. In addition, the premium sedan will sport new LED tail lamps, pronounced wheel arches, larger alloy wheels etc.
The inside of the sedan will be premium and feature-packed. To make it desirable, VW will not only make styling changed, but the cabin will arm a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster reminiscent of Audi TT, leather wrapped flat bottom steering wheel, new infotainment system and ambient blue lighting among others. To be launched in diesel version first, the new Passat will plonk a 2.0-litre TDI unit with 187bhp of top power and 400Nm of torque. This engine will be paired to a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission. Besides, there will be a 1.8-litre TFSI petrol engine with a 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG auto unit.
Expected Price-Rs 25 lakh to Rs 30 lakh
Competition-Fiat Abarth Punto, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 1 Series
The German automaker is also considering a seven-seater version of the Tiguan premium SUV for the Indian market. The company is currently working on the seven-seater model, which is likely to make global debut towards the end of this year. In order to add an extra seat, Volkswagen will increase the wheelbase and length of the car. Like the regular model, the new model will be brought into India as CKD and then assembled at VW’s local manufacturing unit in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The company had unveiled the VW Tiguan AllSpace concept at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and the same model is expected to be launched in India.
The Tiguan Allspace comes with additional 115-litres of boot space as it is 215mm longer than the standard Tiguan. In fact, the wheelbase has been increased by 110mm. The SUV looks largely similar to the five seater model, except for the few upgrades to the bonnet and the front grille. The SUV will be powered by the same 2.0-litre TDI engine that powers the regular model. Paired to a 7-speed DSG automatic unit, this engine is good for 143bhp and 340Nm of torque.
Expected Launch-April or May 2018
Expected Price-Rs 30 lakh to Rs 35 lakh
Competition-Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Endeavour