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. The company has already launched the upgraded Polo and Vento, new VW T-ROC and the Tiguan AllSpace in the country. German automaker is also working on a low-cost MQB platform, called the MQB AO IN 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.
Upcoming Volkswagen Cars
The first model in our list of upcoming Volkswagen cars is the new Taigun SUV, which is scheduled to be launched in India in the first half of 2021. The SUV is based on the locally developed MQB AO IN platform, which will also develop a wide range of India-centric products from Skoda and VW. For people not in the know, Volkswagen had unveiled the new Taigun mid-sized SUV at the 2020 Auto Expo.
In terms of styling, the Volkswagen Taigun design is inspired by the T-Cross SUV sold abroad and the T-ROC. Upfront is a split chrome grille, twin-pod LED headlamps, and aggressive bumper with body cladding at the bottom with faux skid plate and chrome treatment. Other design highlights include large roof rails, pronounced wheel arches, body cladding all around the body, 17-inch alloys, C-shaped tail-lamps with LED elements and roof-integrated spoiler. Inside the cabin, the Tiguan gets a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instrument console, automatic climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, driver-side armrest and auto-dimming IRVM.
The new VW Tiguan mid-sized SUV will be offered with 2 engine options – a 1.0L 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo-petrol. While the former is good for 115bhp and 200Nm of torque, the 1.5L unit produces 150bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed torque convertor (1.0L petrol) and a 7-speed DSG with 1.5L petrol.
Expected Launch – H1, 2020
Expected Price – Rs 10 lakh – Rs 16 lakh
Next-gen VW Vento
The next-gen Vento is the second model joining our list of upcoming Volkswagen cars in India. 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 India-spec model will use the new MQB AO IN platform, which also underpins the Taigun and the Skoda Vision IN.
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. However, the India-spec model will be offered with a single 115bhp, 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The company could also introduce the CNG version of the sedan. 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 Launch – Late 2021
Expected Price – Rs 10 lakh – Rs 15 lakh
Next-gen VW Polo
Volkswagen is also readying the next-gen Polo hatchback, which is rumoured to be launched in India in 2022. The new model will be based on the locally developed MQB AO IN platform, which also underpins the new Vento and the Tiguan. The global model will measure above 4 meters in length, while the India-spec new-gen Polo hatchback will measure above under 4 meters in length. Engineers will have to tweak the platform to be used to develop the new sub-4 meter models. The new hatchback will ride on a smaller wheelbase.
The next-gen Volkswagen Polo will be equipped with several high-end features including a large touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, digital instrument console, multi-functional steering wheel, etc. It will be powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is capable of producing 110bhp of power and 170Nm of torque. Both manual and automatic versions will be on offer. The company is also considering CNG fuel option with the new models.
Expected Launch – 2022
Expected Price – Rs 6 lakh – Rs 10 lakh
New VW Sub-4 Meter SUV
If media reports are to be believed, Volkswagen is also developing an all-new compact SUV for the Indian market. The new model will be based on the heavily localised MQB AO IN platform, which will also underpin the Taigun and the next-gen Polo. International media reports that the new SUV could be called the VW T-Track. It is rumoured to make global debut at the 2020 Sao Paulo Motor Show in November; however, VW is yet to make an official announcement on the same. Details about the new model are yet to be revealed by the automaker. It is most likely to feature the same 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine paired to either a six-speed manual or a torque convertor automatic gearbox.
Expected Launch – 2021-22
Expected Price – Rs 7 lakh – Rs 11 lakh