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 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 a compact SUV and an all-new mid-sized sedan. Here is a look at the upcoming Volkswagen cars in India that are slated to launch in the next two years.
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 is called the T-Cross. The compact SUV has already been launched in the international markets. The SUV is 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 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 Nissan Kicks. The India-spec model will be based on the locally-developed MQB AO IN platform, which will also underpin new cars from Skoda as well.
Engine set up for the European spec model includes three petrol engines, whereas the India-bound model is expected to be equipped with petrol engine only. 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. For transmitting power, there will be a 7-speed DSG automatic unit.
Expected Launch- 2020
Expected Price-Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh
Competition-Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster
2. Volkswagen Polo Facelift
Before introducing the next-generation Polo hatchback, Volkswagen will give a major upgrade to the existing model in India. The VW Polo facelift will come with changes to exterior and interior as well. The hatchback’s GT TSI model will come equipped with a sportier grille, larger alloy wheels, side skirts and LED lighting. Other changes are likely to include new bumpers, revised headlamps and tail-lamps. The cabin of the GT TSI facelift could receive new Tartan seat upholstery, contrasting stitching on the steering wheel cover and highlighted door sills.
The Volkswagen Polo facelift is also likely to get a new touchscreen infotainment system, which will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The standard Volkswagen Polo will be powered by a new 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. The company could also replace the 1.2-litre TSI engine with the more powerful version of the 1.0-litre TSI engine. continue reading…
Expected Price-Rs 5.5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh
Competition- Honda Jazz, Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Baleno
The German automaker had launched the Polo based sedan, called Virtus, which replaces the Vento in global markets. The vehicle has already been launched in the Brazilian market, and will be followed by other nations. It is based on the VW Group’s MQB-AO platform that also underpins the new generation Polo hatchback. The sedan will take on the likes of Honda City and Hyundai Verna. In terms of styling, the Virtus is slightly larger than the current Vento. It has a larger wheelbase of 2,650mm, which is around 80mm more than that of the Polo. The saloon offers a large boot space of 521-litres.
The design of the interior and instrument cluster directly borrowed from the new Polo hatchback. It is equipped with an all-digital 10.25-inch Active info display and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The global model is available with two engine options – 117bhp, 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol and 128bhp, 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. Transmission options include a five-speed manual and a six-speed automatic unit. The India-spec model is likely to get a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
Expected Price- Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh
Competition- Honda City and Hyundai Verna
Volkswagen had unveiled the new generation T-ROC premium SUV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is developed on the MQB modular platform that also underpins the new Golf hatchback. Volkswagen India is also planning to launch the T-ROC SUV in our market. The company is looking to utilise the Government’s scheme of importing 2500 vehicles per year without any local homologation. In India, the SUV will challenge the likes of Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson and the upcoming Skoda Karoq.
The SUV measures 4,234mm in length, 1,819mm in width and 1,573mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,603mm. The overall styling of the SUV looks largely identical to the concept, which was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Talking about features, the SUV gets LED headlamps and cornering lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, simple VW grille, 11.3-inch active info display digital instrument pack and an all-new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. In India, the SUV could get a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine.
Expected Price- Rs 17 lakh to Rs 22 lakh