Volkswagen begins production of SUV Tiguan in India, launch likely in May
Volkswagen is expected to open bookings for the Tiguan in the first week of April and launch the car in May.autos Updated: Mar 22, 2017 14:45 IST
Volkswagen India on Wednesday announced starting production of its much awaited premium SUV Tiguan at its Aurangabad facility in Maharashtra.
First showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016, Tiguan will be Volkswagen’s first SUV in India, which is the world’s fastest-growing auto market riding on the SUV segment.
“The Tiguan will be our premium SUV offering for India and will cater to the unceasing demand in the segment,” Michael Mayer, director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, said in a statement.
Volkswagen is expected to open bookings for the Tiguan in the first week of April and launch the car in May. Another car from the German stable this year would be an update of the luxury sedan Passat.
Tiguan stands on the modular transverse matrix MQB platform and is 4704mm in length with a wheelbase of 2791mm. Its 2.0L TDI diesel engine, mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox, will churn out a max power of 147 bhp and 340Nm of top torque.
Tiguan will look to take on the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Chevrolet Trailblazer. But there could be another in-house rival of Tiguan in the form of Skoda’s upcoming Kodiaq.
The Tiguan will be produced at the Skoda plant in Aurangabad in Maharashtra, not the VW assembly line near Pune. The focus is on optimal localisation of production to keep costs in check, while also developing more SUVs on the same platform in India.
The success of Tiguan will be crucial for the German auto major standing at the exit door of the emissions scandal. The losses out of compensations and penalties have been huge, and so it is heavily banking on emerging markets like India and China.
Volkswagen recently shook hands with Tata Motors to make economy-segment cars to be rolled out in 2019, under the Skoda badge.
Apart from its last launch – the GTI, Volkswagen had earlier launched the compact sedan Ameo in the competitive segment of the DZire, Amaze, Xcent and Figo Aspire.