Volkswagen India has officially announced that it would launch a total of 5 cars in the country by 2017. These five products launching in next 24 months would be Polo based sub 4-meter sedan aka New Compact Sedan (Company Name), New Passat, New-generation Beetle, Second-generation Tiguan SUV and Vento facelift. Volkswagen would start the proceedings with the launch of Vento facelift during this festive season, which would be followed by the other aforesaid products by the mid of 2017.
Shedding light on the Volkswagen Tiguan, it would mark the company's entry in urbane luxury SUV segment in India where the likes of Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Isuzu MU-7 are already present. The German automaker would launch the second-generation of Tiguan SUV, which would have its world premiere at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It is expected to be a 7-seater vehicle and larger than the ongoing model. Underpinning Volkswagen's immensely versatile MQB platform, it is expected to be priced in a range of Rs. 22-26 Lakhs and would be assembled locally. Just so you know, Audi A3 and second-generation Skoda Superb also use the same architecture.
Talking about the New Passat, it is also based on Volkswagen's new MQB platform and has received several accolades since its launch in international markets. It is bigger, more luxurious and roomier than the preceding model. The company, in most likelihood, would offer it with a 2.0L TDI motor and it would bear an introductory price of at least Rs. 27 Lakhs, if not more. New-generation Volkswagen Passat would be challenged by the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA Class, Toyota Camry and Skoda Superb in India. Volkswagen would manufacture the new Passat locally at its Chakan plant to keep the costs in check and keep the pricing belligerent.
Moving on to the Polo based sub 4-m sedan or the New Compact Sedan (as Volkswagen calls it), it would take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and Ford Figo Aspire. For those wondering, it would be priced extremely aggressively to maintain a safe gap from Vento. Since, it would be based on Polo, the driving dynamics are going to be impeccable. Reportedly, the company would christen it as 'Bora' sedan in the country. It has been spied as test mule on the Indian roads multiple times and a few renderings are out as well.
Last but by no means the least, Volkswagen is bringing back its iconic coupe Beetle back to India. It would be sold as Completely Built Unit (CBU) in India like its predecessor. The company would launch new Beetle in the country with the 2.0 TDI diesel motor with maximum power of 138bhp. New Volkswagen Beetle might debut at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo in a price bracket of Rs. 30-35 Lakhs, challenging the dominance of Mini Cooper. However, it would be interesting to see whether Volkswagen brings a performance-based 197bhp 2.0 TSI petrol variant of the same to counter the yet-to-be-launched Fiat's Abarth brand in India.