Volkswagen India is currently working on the all-new product line-up for the Indian market. Currently, the brand is working on a new low-cost derivative of the MQB-A0 platform for the Indian market. The first car based on the all-new platform is expected to be launched by 2021 and popular cars like next-generation Volkswagen Polo.
The Volkswagen brand is now planning to launch an all-new crossover based on the new MQB-A0 platform in the Brazilian market. The new compact SUV will be underpinned by the same platform as the Polo and will offer the same amount of wheelbase too. Skoda is currently leading the charge of the Indian operations for the Volkswagen Group and it is quite possible that such an SUV can make its way to the Indian market too.
The rendered image is based on the Seat Arona and it will be a sub-4m compact SUV that will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in India and the likes of Hona WR-V in the international markets. Seat is another brand under the Volkswagen umbrella and is available in many international markets. The brands have followed the rebadging engineering strategy in the past too.
Seat Arona is a low-cost version of the Volkswagen T-Cross and it is quite possible that Volkswagen will launch the vehicle in the developing markets. Not many details are known about the upcoming vehicle. However, it will be a subcompact SUV that will be positioned below the Volkswagen T-Cross, which is also expected to be launched in the Indian market.
The Volkswagen Group is expected to launch quite a few SUVs in the Indian market in the coming years. All the vehicles will be based on the all-new MQB-A0-IN platform, which is specifically developed for the Indian market. Skoda will launch the all-new Kamiq, which will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks in the Indian market. The Seat Arona-based SUV is expected to become the most affordable Volkswagen SUV in India and will take directly on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV 300 and the Tata Nexon. The sub-4m compact SUV segment is currently heavily populated and is also one of the most popular segments in India. Soon, Hyundai will launch the Styx, which will be the first-ever sub-4m compact SUV from the brand in the world.
It should be noted that Volkswagen has made India-specific vehicles in the past. The Volkswagen Ameo is the perfect example of the same. The Indian market is the world’s fourth largest market but it is majorly dominated by the affordable, value-for-money vehicles. The all-new MQB-A0-IN platform will be a low-cost derivative of the international-spec platform that will allow Volkswagen Group to launch new vehicles at competitive prices. For the time being, Volkswagen will launch refreshed versions of their current model line-up to keep the product line-up fresh in the Indian market.
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