Volkswagen India is said to be considering the MQB platform based T-ROC SUV concept for the Indian car market rather than the Taigun compact SUV. In the past, the Taigun compact SUV, based on the Up! platform, was said to be under consideration for the Indian market. The Taigun was expected to arrive sometime in 2016 as Volkswagen is currently going slow on the Indian market. Now though, there seems to be a major change in tactics.
The T-ROC SUV concept is still a while from production. However, the strong favour shown towards this concept’s production version for the Indian market could have to do mainly with the T-ROC’s MQB underpinnings. The Volkswagen group has already brought the MQB platform to India through the Skoda Octavia luxury sedan. The next MQB product, the Audi A3 sedan, is all set to be launched in India in the second half of this year.
So, the future is definitely MQB as far as the Volkswagen group is concerned. Although the German automaker isn’t planning to bring all-new products until 2016, the chances of MQB based cars being the next big volume pullers for the brand is evident. For instance, the next generation Polo hatchback and Vento sedan will take the MQB route and a compact SUV on similar lines is what India is likely to get.
Therefore, the T-ROC concept seems more likely to make the production cut for the Indian market rather than the Taigun compact SUV, whose Up! platform has previously been deemed too expensive for the cost conscious Indian car market. However, Volkswagen would have to modify the T-ROC concept heavily to suit Indian sensibilities as the SUV is quite outlandish in concept guise.
From new engines to a new design, the T-ROC is likely to see a slew of changes if it is to hit the Indian market. The key takeaway from the latest rumour about Volkswagen India’s compact SUV plans is that the MQB platform will be the center of the German car maker’s effort, and not the Up!’s New Small Family (NSF) platform as speculated earlier.