The Geneva Motor Show that will kick off next month is touted to feature an interesting Volkswagen concept that could have ramifications for India. Volkswagen is said to be mulling a compact SUV/crossover based on the Polo. The new crossover that is likely to adopt the MQB-A platform upon which the next-generation 2015 Polo will be based, is said to be Volkswagen’s rival to the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Juke. The Polo based crossover could bridge the gap between the production version of the Taigun and the Tiguan crossovers.
Volkswagen recently updated the Euro-spec Polo with a mild facelift and a new turbo petrol (1 liter TSI) and turbo diesel (1.4 liter-3 cylinder TDI) engine options. According to AutoBild, these engines will find their way onto the Polo based crossover. Given the fact that the Polo is one of Volkswagen’s bread and butter models in India, the crossover concept’s production version could be headed here sometime in the future. For now though, Volkswagen plans to go slow on the Indian car market for the next couple of years, while maintaining a general bullishness for the long term.
By 2016, Volkswagen’s SUV/crossover line up could look somewhat like this. The Taigun will be the brand’s sub-4 meter, entry level SUV while the Polo based crossover will be positioned slightly higher and will rub shoulders with the Nissan Juke and the Renault Duster. For the developed markets, the Taigun will be an upmarket, feature filled SUV sitting above the Polo based crossover while the Touareg and a 7 seat future model (based on the CrossBlue concept) will round off the brand’s SUV push. Based on the MQB platform, the CrossBlue concept’s production version is likely to sit alongside the Touareg in terms of price-positioning.
Here’s a walkaround video of the Volkswagen Taigun from the 2014 Indian Auto Expo,