Volkswagen's next people's car will be an SUV, and it'll be the company's first ever China-developed model to be available worldwide. The company sees so much promise in the new model that it has the nickname the Volks-SUV.
"We call it internally Volks-SUV - the production car won't have that name - because it turned from a regional project into a global project," Juergen Stackmann, the VW brand's sales chief, told Automotive News Europe.
VW's teaser image makes the model look a lot like the current Tiguan but with a slightly more boxy aesthetic. Up front, a broad grille extends across the front to rectangular headlights. The fascia features a large, trapezoidal intake. A prominent crease runs down the SUV's shoulders, and the picture suggests that the model has a tall, fairly flat roof.
The model will ride on VW's MQB platform. Other powertrain details remain a mystery, though. Using these underpinnings options up VW's wide array of three- and four-cylinder engines as powertrain options, though. Even all-wheel drive is a possibility.
The Volks-SUV will premiere in China in August. Global production at sites in Russian, Mexico, and Argentina will start in 2020. The company will aim to sell 400,000 of them a year across the globe.
According to Automotive News Europe, VW won't offer the Volks-SUV in Europe because the T-Roc will occupy a similar position in the lineup. Meanwhile in the United States, the company will place the SUV below the Tiguan.
Gallery: 2019 VW Touareg teaser
At the other end of its SUV range, VW will premiere the next-generation Touareg at an event in Beijing, China, on March 23. The firm's teaser images suggest that it would take on boxy appearance, too. Inside, the SUV would feature a major tech update.
Source: Automotive News Europe