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TWO new baby SUVs will hit Australia within three years as VW more than doubles its local SUV line-up.
There will be five SUVs by 2018 as VW looks to make up the massive headstart it has given to rivals in recent years.
“I think that Volkswagen is recognising that they missed a lot of opportunities by not having an SUV range for the US market. And, of course, that position has had a global flowon effect including in Australia,” says local Volkswagen boss Michael Bartsch.
“It’s not necessarily a case of coming late to the party, because we see a lot of other manufacturers moving into the SUV segment at the same pace as Volkswagen.
“But the VW approach is that when we do something, we do it very, very well.”
The next SUV will be a seven-seater Tiguan early next year. The full-size Touareg is set for a total overhaul in 2018.
Compact models will make the big difference, appealing more to younger buyers.
They are currently called the T-Roc and T-Cross, one looking like a smaller Tiguan, the other like VW’s take on the Range Rover Evoque convertible, both previewed as motor show concepts. Changes are likely to include rear doors on the T-Roc and a roof for the T-Cross.
Both will be priced in the $20,000 range, according to Bartsch. “By lifting the overall size of the Tiguan, it clears the air in the small segment for the T-Cross and T-Roc. It’s all future stuff but we’re extremely excited.”