The German car maker has announced that it will be expanding its model portfolio for India for 2017 by including the new Passat, the new Tiguan and already launched off-the-charts Polo GTI. It is also looking to improve its network of service centers and dealerships in the country along with catering to a larger group of audiences with more cars in its line-up. The car that everyone look forward to the most is the Tiguan, which Volkswagen will launch soon in India. It is made on VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform and will get a 2.0 liter TDI engine mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission unit for India. Here is first drive report of the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan. Tiguan has already been spotted testing in India on a number of occasions.
(2016 Volkswagen Tiguan)
Commenting on the 2017 launch announcement, Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “2017 marks ten years for Volkswagen in India and at this opportune moment, we reiterate our commitment with a strong product line-up aimed at fostering our growth momentum in the country. With the effective launch of the Ameo and introduction of GTI recently, Volkswagen marked its presence in the Compact Sedan and Performance car segment. With exciting new products across the segments, we are now ready to enter the sport utility vehicle (suv) segment with Tiguan and luxury segment with the all new Passat. The slew of launches will confirm every car buyer finds a car to meet their necessities at our showrooms.”
(Volkswagen Passat GTE)
The other car that will be launched this year by Volkswagen in India is the new Passat which is also made on the MQB platform and will have a 2.0 liter TDI engine with a 6-speed DSG gearbox. In fact, the company has already imported the new – generation Passat for R&D and maybe homologation as well. The new Passat will be launched in India soon.
(Volkswagen Polo GTI)
Lastly but not in the least, the latest addition to the Volkswagen India line-up is the Polo GTI. A proper hot hatch, the Polo GTI gets a 1.8-litre four – cylinder engine that pumps out a huge 189 BHP. Of course, VW is not looking at numbers because the Polo GTI is priced at Rs.25.65 lakh.
Volkswagen India definitely has a plan for India this year and with the marketing and positioning tactics done right, this could be a good year for the German company.