Volkswagen is currently focusing on its SUV range for India. VW will be introducing two new SUVs this year, Tiguan AllSpace and T-Roc. Besides these, the next-gen Volkswagen Vento will also go on sale soon.
2020 will be seeing some important moves from the German car brand Volkswagen. Currently, the car manufacturer has attended the Auto Expo 2020 to introduce its new range of SUVs including the Tiguan Allspace, T-Roc, ID Crozz Electric concept SUV, and a subcompact SUV. Among these SUVs, the Tiguan All-Space, and the T-Roc are lining up for a launch this year. Besides these new SUVs, Volkswagen also has a plan for unveiling some facelift versions of its current models in the market. IndianAuto will give you the full details of each and every upcoming Volkswagen cars to launch in India in 2020.
2020 VW Tiguan has started its presence in the India market since 2017. However, despite the expectation from the car manufacturer, this luxury SUV failed to capture the Indian customers and received underwhelming sales. In an attempt to refresh the car model, Volkswagen will bring the Tiguan AllSpace which is the long-wheelbase version of the current Tiguan to our market. After the debut at the Auto Expo 2020, it is expected that the VW Tiguan AllSpace will go on sale next month.
Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace is one of the four VW SUVs showcased at Auto Expo 2020
As showcased at the Auto Expo 2020, the long-wheelbase version will hardly see any major cosmetic updates except for some slight updates on the grille, bumper, and headlights. The biggest difference is the wheelbase, which 110 mm longer than the regular version. On the inside, the Tiguan AllSpace will come loaded with all the top-notch features, including three-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, seven airbags, ESP, tyre pressure monitoring system, and a rear parking camera.
Under the hood, the VW Tiguan AllSpace will get a more powerful version of the outgoing 2.0-litre diesel engine which is employed on current Tiguan. The upgraded engine is capable of making a top power of 190 PS which is higher than the old unit by 47 PS. This engine comes with a 7-speed DCT unit. Expectedly, the All-Space version will be imported via the CBU route. The price, hence, will be pricier. It is likely to be priced around Rs 36 lakh.
Alongside the Tiguan AllSpace, VW T-Roc also makes its appearance at the Auto Expo 2020. Sitting on the MQB platform, the T-Roc is smaller than Tiguan. It is also positioned below the Tiguan in Volkswagen’s line-up. At this size, the SUV is compatible with the rivals like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Jeep Compass.
Volkswagen T-Roc is the smaller version of the Tiguan AllSpace
About the powertrain, the T-Roc will get a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The power outputs of this engine are rated at 149 PS and 250 Nm. A 7-speed DSG gearbox will take charge of the transmission duty.
Compared to other competitors in the segment, Volkswagen T-Roc will be more expensive. While other cars in the segment can go as low as Rs 10 lakh, the T-Roc’s price is expected to not be lower than Rs 18 lakhs. What justifies the T-Roc’s premium pricing is its long list of high-end features, including a panoramic sunroof, 'Vienna' leather seats, 'Climatronic' auto climate control, reverse parking camera, keyless entry/Start, 6 airbags, and tyre pressure monitoring system along with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system supported by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Next-gen Volkswagen Vento (Virtus)
Besides all the new SUVs in VW's upcoming line-up, Volkswagen also has a plan for other segments as well. This year, it is expected that the German car giant will bring the VW Virtus to the Indian market under the form of the new-gen Vento. Previously, in 2017, the Vento sedan made its debut in Brazil. The launch of this model in our market is postponed for some reason. Fortunately, the plan for the India-spec Virtus is now resumed.
Volkswagen Virtus will be introduced in India as the replacement for Vento sedan
Based on the same MQB A0 platform, the next-gen Vento or the Virtus is virtually the correspondent for the Polo hatchback in the sedan segment. Apart from sharing the same platform, both the Polo and the Virtus also bear identical design elements and features. Some equipment from the VW Polo might be carried over to the Virtus, for example, the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster and LED headlamps.
Under the hood, it is likely that the Volkswagen Virtus will derive power from a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Apart from these models, in the following year, Volkswagen will take its time to expand its SUV range with the introduction of the all-new Taigun, which is basically India version of the T-Cross.