Volkswagen, Europe’s largest car manufacturer today hosted the world premiere of its ‘Compact SUV’, the first product under the India 2.0 project. The carline is developed on the indigenized version (MQB A0 IN) of Volkswagen Group’s globally renowned MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform. This ‘made-for-India’ new model is a perfect amalgamation of style, practicality, sophistication aptly suiting the needs of the modern Indian consumer.
Jürgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for Sales, Marketing and After-Sales said, “Today, we present the next big step for Volkswagen in India. The compact SUV is especially designed for this market keeping in mind the needs of the aspirational Indian customer. We’re confident that this product offers a perfect combination of sportiness and sophistication, making it the right choice for our valued Indian customers.”
The carline is young, refreshing and vibrant, catering to the modern Indian customer. The tall figure of the carline indicates the high ground clearance that would be suitable to drive on Indian roads. The striking front end highlight the vehicle’s affiliation with the brands SUV family while also emphasizing the individuality of the new model. The long wheelbase, makes its spacious for occupants in the rear seats – a major advantage of the MQB A0 IN platform. The carline reflects a seamless integration of design proportions that depict true Volkswagen style. Furthermore, the sporty & bolder appeal would resonate with the young urban customer. It is in fact, an ideal companion, for any customer with an active lifestyle.
Further, Jürgen Stackmann added, “India continues to remain an important market for Volkswagen. As a Group we’re investing € 1 billion in the Indian market, which reiterates our commitment to this region. World over, SUVs are gaining popularity among our customers, which is why we are introducing Volkswagen’s SUV offensive in India, this year.”
Commenting at the World Premiere of the compact SUV, Mr. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said, “The product truly represents Volkswagen’s global SUV portfolio made specifically for the Indian market. The exterior and interior design language is created keeping in mind the needs of the aspirational Indian customers. We are quite confident that the compact SUV will be a top contender for a prospective customer. With this world premiere, we’re optimistic about tactfully driving our India strategy and realizing our vision to become a sustainable brand with a 3% market share.”
For Volkswagen, safety has always been of paramount importance and hence, the compact SUV will come equipped with all essential safety features. The carline will come equipped with industry set standards of safety like all Volkswagen cars. Thus, resulting in class leading ride quality, handling and high-speed stability.
With the premiere of Volkswagen’s compact SUV, the brand is moving forward with its SUV offensive strategy. It is expanding its India SUV portfolio and the market will experience Volkswagen’s SUV portfolio beginning H1 2020.
Volkswagen India also unveiled its technological prowess at the second press day of the Auto Expo 2020. The brand showcased the ID. CROZZ, an all-electric vehicle based on Volkswagen’s unique Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) for the Indian market. Also on showcase is, the globally renowned TSI Technology, symbolic to Volkswagen, through the RACE POLO. The carline will feature in Volkswagen Motorsport One Make Championship Series.
Speaking at the unveil, Mr. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said, “We, at Volkswagen, take immense pride in showcasing our best technology to the Indian customers through the ID. CROZZ & RACE POLO. The two are symbols of Volkswagen’s ground breaking and innovative technologies that continue to offer Volkswagen’s core DNA of safety, build quality and fun-to-drive experience.”
Globally, Volkswagen intends to be the leading provider of electric vehicles by creating an all-new electric portfolio – ID. Family. ID. stands above all for ‘Identity’ and ‘Iconic Design’ and will be based on the MEB platform.
“The ID. CROZZ is a true representation of Volkswagen’s capabilities in developing electric vehicles. As an organization, we have committed ourselves to the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 and intend to be a completely carbon neutral brand by 2050.”, said Mr. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India.
Adding further, Mr. Knapp said, “Globally, as Volkswagen Group, we’re investing EUR 33 bn. in the development of electric vehicles, with nearly 1/3rd the investment by brand Volkswagen. The ID. model family comprises of a range of vehicles across segments, starting with the recently introduced ID. 3 to the ID. SPACE VIZZION. With such an extensive electric product portfolio, Volkswagen will cater to millions and not just millionaires.”
The ID. CROZZ is a combination of a four-door coupé and sports utility vehicle in one. A sporty, interactively designed zero-emission all-rounder with an all-electric drive delivering a power of 225 kW. The car has a top speed of 180 km/h and can cover up to 500 km (NEDC) on one battery charge. The ID. CROZZ has a clear and powerful design language with a stylish appearance. A new feature is a movable light blind in the illuminated panoramic roof that creates ambient lighting both inside and on the exterior. The car is compact yet spacious owing to the flexible MEB platform.
The MEB provides an ideal platform, as the wide axles set far apart create dynamic proportions and thus become a springboard for a new era of avant-garde design. The platform can also develop our electric racing cars used for motorsport.
Commenting on the Indian Motorsport scenario, Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport said, “The Polo continues to be the most loved hatchback among Indian customers. We are thrilled to bring the race version of the Polo back to the Indian racing circuit, enabling our Indian drivers to experience this powerful hatch. As a brand, we relentlessly make efforts towards providing the best of technologies to our Indian drivers.”
The RACE POLO is powered by a 1.8l, 4-cyclinder TSI engine delivering a peak power of 230hp (push to pass active) and a torque of 320 Nm @ 3200-4600 rpm. Further, the powerful engine is mated with a 6-speed sequential gearbox with limited slip differential. The car utilizes an electronic shift actuator for quick gear changes and has safety features that protects the driver from changing down gears. The car adheres to the international standards of motorsport safety systems and provides an unparalleled driving experience.
Length 4.2m, Wheelbase 2.65m
TSI Petrol Engine, 7 Speed DSG Automatic
0-100 kmph: 9.9 sec
With the ID. Crozz we have a vision that will electrify your everyday. An electric car that makes life easier. A car so intelligent it understands your voice. And so connected that it is closer to you than ever. A blend of forward-thinking technology and almost unlimited freedom that inspires you to discover more. This cutting edge crossover combines the strength of an SUV with the elegance of a coupé.
The New Volkswagen T-Roc is an SUV that’s as confident as you are. With bold design crafted into every feature and packed with advanced technology, the T-Roc is engineered for a confident you.
1.5L TSI Petrol Engine: More space for more power
With great power, comes great confidence. The mighty engine will help you power through long long drives.
For smooth drives
Push the pedal and enjoy a driving experience like never before. The 7 speed DSG allows smooth shifts, ensuring comfortable drives and a superior driving experience.
Presenting the Tiguan Allspace. This 7-seater SUV that not only has enough space for everyone you wish to take along but is packed with features to suit everybody’s needs.
2.0L TSI Petrol Engine
More space for more power
A first for Volkswagen India, the Tiguan Allspace features power seen like never before. The mighty engine produces 190Hp, that will help you power through long long drives. The 4MOTION system helps negotiate with the toughest of roads by imparting precise traction to all 4 wheels ensuring optimum efficiency. The 7-speed automatic DSG transmission allows smooth shifts, ensuring comfortable drives for everyone, from the first row to the last. The 3-zone Climatronic A/C with air intensity control and automatic air recirculation lets the driver, front passenger and rear seat passengers choose the temperature that suits them.
Presenting the evolution of Race Polo. This race car has been built to exhilarate drivers as well as delight racing enthusiasts. With a boosted engine and a higher horsepower, this good race car is now, even better.
Witness the Race Polo at the Auto Expo 2020.
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