The German maker is going after Subaru on its popular SUV turf
similar in style to the latest Skoda Yeti from Volkswagen Group, asvwcontinues work on a series of crossover cars based on the Up and Polo.
Volkswagen will have a couple of big advantages over Subaru with its newcomer, as it has an automatic transmission to trump its rival’s CVT system and can supply a diesel engine with more than just the manual shift in the Outback. It could also have more cabin space and standard luxury.
But Volkswagen is unlikely to challenge the pricetag of the Outback, which starts at $38,490 with a 2.5-litre petrol engine. Its starting sticker is likely to be in the mid-$40,000 range, rising sharply to $60,000 for a fully equipped car.
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