Volkswagen will bring a new crossover built in China to the United States sometime in the near future.
The new crossover, thus far only known as the "Volks-SUV", will be smaller than the Tiguan and positioned as an entry-level design. It will not be sold in Europe where the T-Roc is already seen as VW’s smallest crossover.
The T-Roc is reportedly even smaller than the upcoming model, so that should give you a good idea of what kind of crossover we’re looking at.
The big news is that this crossover will be produced first in China via the SAIC-VW joint venture. Models produced there will find their way to the US until 2020 when VW plans to start producing the crossover in Mexico. Volkswagen will also produce cars in Russia and Argentina for western Asia and Latin American regions.
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told assembled reporters last Wednesday the company plans to produce 400,000 of the new crossover per year. The intent of the design is to both meet growing demand for smaller SUVs/crossovers as well as meet ever more stringent emissions targets from global governments.
"We call it internally Volks-SUV - the production car won't have that name - because it turned from a regional project into a global project," Volkswagen brand sales chief Juergen Stackmann told Automotive News. It’s a similar story to Ford’s EcoSport, which was a small Brazilian crossover that made its way to Europe and now comes to North America.
Volkswagen is in the midst of a massive expansion of their global SUV and crossover lineup, with plans to offer 20 models by the year 2020. The German automaker also expects global sales of SUVs and crossovers to be 40 percent of their overall total by that same year.
It’s turning into a big year for Volkswagen, as the company gets set to unveil the refreshed Touareg in China this week and introduces the new subcompact T-Cross in Europe later this year.