Volkswagen has teased a new compact SUV – dubbed the ‘Volks-SUV’ – to sit below the Tiguan, but it’s not destined for the UK and Europe.
Volkswagen are on a new product offensive as they re-invent themselves after dieselgate, with a raft of electric cars on the way as well as SUVs to fill every conceivable niche.
The latest news on VW’s SUV offensive is a tease for the VW Volks-SUV (above), a new ‘traditional’ compact SUV destined to fit below the Tiguan and fill a gap in VW’s SUV range. But doesn’t the VW T-Roc do that already?
Well, yes it does, and that’s why the Volks-SUV (dubbed as such by VW as it was spawned in China but will go, almost, global) won’t be coming to the UK or Europe as the ‘sportier’ T-Roc better fills the wants of Western Europe’s SUV buyers.
The Volks SUV is a more upright, boxier car than the T-Roc, although it’s still clearly a member of the VW SUV family, and will be built on VW’s MQB Platform, presumably with a range of VW’s three and four-cylinder engines and FWD and 4WD options.
The plan is to reveal the Volks-SUV in China later this year (expect a production name beginning with ‘T’) and be built there, but it will also be built in Russia, Mexico and Argentina from 2020 – with plans to build 400,000 a year – making it the first China-developed VW to be sold outside the country.