Volkswagen is contemplating a sub 4-m compact SUV to take on the likes of Ford EcoSport and Renault Captur in several emerging markets. Currently, the company has only two SUVs in its entire portfolio - Touareg and Tiguan. The sub-compact SUV would be based on the Polo hatchback and would be launched in emerging markets like India, Indonesia etc. It would mark VW's presence in B-segment SUV market and the company would have a SUV in each segment.
Dr Heinz-Jakob Neuser, board member for technical development at VW, told the publication that the company is working on smaller SUVs based on the VW Golf and Polo. Our friends at Auto Express have rendered the Polo based compact SUV, while taking the designing cues from the T-ROC. 2014 Geneva Auto Show saw the global debut of the T-ROC concept, which was said to be underpinning the highly versatile MQB platform and was Golf-sized SUV. Around two years back, Volkswagen unveiled the Taigun mini SUV, which was based on the Up! small car, at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show. Contrary to all the aforesaid reports, nothing is concrete as of now and the company is still muling over the idea, and the production hasn't commenced yet, as claimed by Dr Heinz-Jakob Neuser.
Volkswagen has already announced a bulky and large SUV for the American market, which would enter production in 2017. However, for emerging markets like India, the company certainly needs a SUV much lesser in shape and size as the sales only come through Polo hatchback and Vento sedan. Volkswagen India wheeled out a record number of cars last year at its Chakan production facility in Pune, and out of the total produced cars, every second car was exported. It gives a clear hint that the domestic sales also have the potential to improve.