German automaker Volkswagen (VW) will showcase no less than 4 new cars and SUVs at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo. After the Expo unveil, VW will launch these cars in India in phased manner over the next 10 months of the year.
Polo compact sedan
Volkswagen is putting together a sub-4 meter compact sedan for India. The car will be based on the PQ25 platform, which it will share with the likes of the Polo and Vento. The compact sedan is expected to use the 1.2 liter TSI turbo petrol and 1.5 liter TDI turbo diesel. 5 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearboxes could be of offer. The Polo-based compact sedan will sit in between the Polo and Vento in terms of price and positioning. It’ll be built at Chakan, with a heavy amount of localization. Notably, it’s the first made-for-India car from VW. Also see – 5 new cars that will help VW survive in India
The Tiguan 5 seat SUV was globally revealed last year. VW will showcase it at the Auto Expo, followed by a launch later this year. It’s still not clear as to whether the Tiguan would be CKD assembled in India, or whether it would be imported as a completely built unit. The former approach could give VW a better shot at pricing the SUV competitively. The Tiguan is expected to rival the Fortuner in terms of pricing. While a 7 seat version of the Tiguan is in the works, it’s the 5 seater that India’s likely to get first. Also see – 6 comeback cars of India
The B8 (8th generation) version of the Passat luxury saloon will soon make its India debut. VW discontinued the older Passa last year, and the new model will arrive in 2016. The car is based on the VW group’s MQB platform, which it’ll share with the Skoda Superb. Notably, the all-new Superb will also be launched this year. An all-turbo petrol (1.8 liter TSI) and diesel (2.0 liter TDI) engine line up is likely for the new car. Manual and twin clutch automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered. The car is expected to be CKD assembled in India. Also see – Don’t buy these cars, here’s why
Passat GTE Hybrid
Toyota sells the Camry with a hybrid option in India, and Honda will soon start doing the same with the new Accord. Volkswagen is also expected to go the hybrid way with the Passat GTE. The plug-in hybrid version of the German sedan uses a 1.4 liter TSI turbo petrol engine, which when combined with the electric motor, gives the car outputs of 215 Bhp-400 Nm. A 6 speed DSG twin clutch automatic gearbox handles torque transmission. Claimed o-100 Kph and top speed figures are 7.6 seconds and 225 Kph respectively. Also see – Pre-owned Hybrid cars in India – A buyer’s guide