After completing a decade in the Indian market, German conglomerate Volkswagen is still trying to grab significant market share. The company is planning to launch affordably priced premium products in the country. To achieve this, VW eyes aggressive localisation for its future models. 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. German automaker is also working on a low-cost MQB platform for emerging markets including India. This platform will accommodate VW Group’s several new products including next-gen Polo and a compact SUV. Here is a look at the upcoming Volkswagen cars in India that are slated to launch in the next two years.
German premium carmaker, Volkswagen is working on a special edition Ameo compact sedan. Likely to be called VW Ameo Sport, the model will receive similar cosmetic updates as the Polo GT Sport. This new special edition model will get black decals on the sides, a blacked-out roof, a black lip spoiler and a black treatment on the boot lid. The vehicle also gets blacked-out alloy wheels and black outside rear view mirrors.
The Ameo Sport is expected to be offered on both petrol and diesel guise. It will be powered by a 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 74bhp and 110Nm of torque. The diesel version will get the 1.5-litre diesel unit that is capable of churning out 108bhp and 250Nm of torque. The sub-4 meter sedan could also get a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine that also powers the Polo TSI. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power output of 103bhp and a peak torque of 175Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic unit (Diesel Only).
Expected Launch- 2018
Expected Price-Rs 8 lakh to Rs 11 lakh
2. Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
The German automaker is also considering a seven-seater version of the Tiguan premium SUV for the Indian market. Called Tiguan AllSpace, the seven-seater model is already on sale in several European markets. In order to add an extra seat, Volkswagen has increased the wheelbase and length of the car. Like the five-seater model, the new Tiguan will be brought into India as CKD and then assembled at VW’s local manufacturing unit in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new model is expected to arrive in India in 2019.
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- 2018-19
Expected Price-Rs 30 lakh to Rs 35 lakh
Competition-Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Endeavour
Bullish on the Indian market, Volkswagen is planning to bring more SUVs to India to benefit from the copious demand for the SUVs. Besides Tiguan, Volkswagen is planning to launch the Polo based compact SUV which was previewed as T-Cross Breeze concept in 2016. Volkswagen has confirmed that the compact SUV will go on sale in the global markets in 2018. The SUV will be based on the versatile MQB-AO platform that also underpins the new generation Polo hatchback.
While there is no concrete information on the launch details, it is expected that VW India would roll out the SUV in 2019-2020. Additionally, Volkswagen will produce the car locally at its India based manufacturing unit. The new model will sit above 4-meter in length and it will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur and the upcoming Nissan Kicks.
Engine set up for the European spec model includes three petrol engines, whereas the India-bound model is expected to be equipped with petrol and diesel fuel options. Power on the petrol version is expected to come from the 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged unit good for 108.4bhp and 175Nm of torque. The company is working on an all-new diesel engine, which is basically the stripped down version of the 2.0-litre TDI unit. This engine could power the T-Cross based SUV. For transmitting power, there will be a 7-speed DSG automatic unit.
Expected Price-Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh
Competition-Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster
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