According to reports, Volkswagen India is developing a sub-4 metre compact sedan codenamed ‘Polo Stuffe’ based on the Polo platform that is expected to be ready by 2016-17. The automaker is also mulling an entry into the sub-4 metre compact SUV segment with the Taigun that could arrive in the Indian market before the end of this fiscal.
The Volkswagen Polo Stuffe will be be based on the same PQ25 platform that underpins the current Polo and will be positioned between the Polo and the Vento in the company’s line-up for India. The production-ready model of the Polo Stuffe is likely to have a more conventional name and will rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and the upcoming Tata Zest. The sub-4 metre compact SUV on the other hand, will go up against the Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and Mahindra’s upcoming S101 compact SUV.
Volkswagen India is aiming to seriously expand its reach in the Indian market in the passenger cars and utility vehicle segment by the year 2020. The automaker is banking on the compact sedan and the crossover to increase the company sales volumes in the country. The German automaker also recently, announced plans of infusing an investment of Rs 900 crore over the next the five years to set up a diesel engine manufacturing facility and to expand its operations to achieve 90 per cent localisation for its products.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen is prepping the 2014 Polo Facelift that is expected to debut ahead of the festive season in July and is also readying a minor update for its Vento sedan that is expected launch before the end of this year.