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Volkswagen is bringing four new SUVs to India by 2021

Rohit Paradkar  | Updated: December 11, 2019, 01:59 PM IST

As is the case with most carmakers in India currently, Volkswagen's renewed strategy for our market is SUV-centric. Last month, Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, a division of VW Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd mentioned, "We will transform Volkswagen into an SUV brand in India." Building further on that, in a statement issued by Knapp last week, he said, "We will showcase our new brand philosophy and strategy for India 2.0 as well as three of our new SUV offerings at the Auto Expo 2020. The first ones of these will be launched in the second quarter of next year and our smallest SUV, nicknamed A0 SUV, will be rolled out in 2021."

So what are these three SUVs he is talking about?

Volkswagen T-Roc

The T-Roc is perhaps the SUV that will catch the most attention at VW's Auto Expo exhibit. Measuring 4.2m in length and sitting on a wheelbase on 2,590mm, the T-Roc goes up against the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. The T-Roc has been spotted testing in India lately and is expected to draw power from a 1.5-litre TSI petrol good for 150PS of power and 250Nm of torque. The T-Roc will arrive in India via the CBU route and is likely to be priced in the Rs 18-24 lakh bracket.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

The Tiguan Allspace that we spotted on the test last week will also be present at the 2020 Auto Expo and will be one of the first launches from VW India for 2020. The Allspace is a seven-seater variant of the Tiguan that is likely to replace the five-seater counterpart that is currently on sale in India. It will be powered by a 2.0-litre TSI 4-cylinder direct-injection turbo-petrol with an output of 180PS and 320Nm.

The Tiguan Allspace will be placed above its five-seater sister and we expect the pricing to lie in the Rs 30-35 lakh bracket, where it will take on the likes of the Honda CR-V, the Isuzu MU-X and the Skoda Kodiaq.

Volkswagen Toureg

One of Volkswagen India's all-time favourites, the Touareg nameplate will be a comeback with the third-generation model that was launched globally in 2018. It shares its underpinnings with other luxury SUVs like the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga, which are based on the MLB Evo platform. In line with VW's (likely) no-diesel policy for India, the Touareg headed our way will be powered by a 3.0 V6 TFSI petrol engine.

Volkswagen T-Cross

The fourth SUV/crossover and the most important for VW India will be the T-Cross. The India-spec model will wear a design similar to the T-Cross sold in Europe, however, it will be based on the indigenised MQB A0 platform dubbed the A0 IN. It will share underpinnings and powertrains with the India-spec Skoda Kamiq that we spotted testing a few day back in India. The T-Cross will be missing from VW's Auto Expo line-up to let the Kamiq enjoy the limelight as the first fruit of Skoda-VW's India 2.0 strategy.

The T-Cross will be VW's answer to the upcoming 2020 Hyundai Creta, the Kia Seltos and the Nissan Kicks, and will aim to trump the competition with class-leading safety features and creature comforts. Pricing will be a key concern, which the indigenous A0 IN platform will address, and we hope it hits the mark.

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 70.12 Lakhs
Displacement
2967cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
248
Max Torque(Nm)
600
Mileage
14.75 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 3.78 Crore
Displacement
3996cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
608
Max Torque(Nm)
770
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 28.27 Lakhs
Displacement
1597cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
120
Max Torque(Nm)
300
Mileage
18.3 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 9.99 Lakhs
Displacement
1353cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
115
Max Torque(Nm)
242
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 27.35 Lakhs
Displacement
2999cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
177
Max Torque(Nm)
380
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 15.6 Lakhs
Displacement
1956cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
-NA-
Max Torque(Nm)
350
Mileage
17.1 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 9.89 Lakhs
Displacement
1497cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
115
Max Torque(Nm)
250
Mileage
20.8 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 9.5 Lakhs
Displacement
1330cc
Transmission
CVT
Max Power(ps)
106
Max Torque(Nm)
254
Mileage
14.23 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 34 Lakhs
Displacement
1968cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
190
Max Torque(Nm)
320
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
-NA-
Displacement
1599cc
Transmission
Manual
Max Power(ps)
95
Max Torque(Nm)
-NA-
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 19.99 Lakhs
Displacement
1498cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
150
Max Torque(Nm)
250
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 28.07 Lakhs
Displacement
1984cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
143
Max Torque(Nm)
320
Mileage
-NA-
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