Volkswagen working on two sub-Tiguan crossovers
Volkswagen has confirmed it is developing two brand new crossovers that will slot below the all-new Tiguan that was introduced last week in Frankfurt.
The 2017 Tiguan will spawn a long-wheelbase model aimed largely at the United States and at China. By positioning the Tiguan up a notch on the market in terms of size, the German car maker has made enough space in its lineup for a smaller, roughly Golf-sized model that’s set to bow next year.
The yet-unnamed crossover will draw styling cues from the T-Roc concept (pictured) that was shown at last year’s edition of the Geneva Motor Show, but it will adopt a more practical four-door setup and lose the show car’s targa top. The T-Roc is expected to share many mechanical components with the upcoming Audi Q1.
Volkswagen is also designing a smaller model that’s tentatively called T-Cross. Positioned at the very bottom of the company’s burgeoning lineup of crossovers, the T-Cross will be heavily inspired by the Taigun concept that made the rounds of international auto shows a couple of years ago. It will stretch approximately 151 inches long, meaning it will be roughly seven inches shorter than a Chevrolet Sonic.
The T-Roc will be sold in the United States — likely as a 2018 model — in order to take on the Nissan Juke, the Honda HR-V, and the upcoming production version of the Toyota C-HR concept. Surprisingly, a Volkswagen executive told Motor Authority that the tiny T-Cross could make its way over the pond shortly after the T-Roc if it generates a positive reaction from both buyers and dealers.
Photos by Ronan Glon.