The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story -

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.”

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