• VW planning new CUV; Possibly the Rocktan?

In a smart move by Volkswagen, the company is taking advantage of its partnership with Suzuki. They haven’t been together long, but the German automaker is looking to create a new crossover that will fall below the Tiguan. Late last year, VW purchased a 19.9 percent stake in Suzuki.

As we reported a week ago, VW is looking to be the largest automaker in the world by 2018. The company is currently working on a new crossover model that will fill the void below the hard to pronounce Tiguan.

Inside sources in Germany have reported that the company is using its partnership with Suzuki, using the SX4 platform on their new vehicle. Like the current SX4, the VW version should have all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive. Power should come from a 1.6-liter diesel with 105 horsepower or a 1.2-liter petrol motor.

We hope that VW ships their new crossover to the United States, but as for now, we are in the dark. If the vehicle does make it to our shores, it could prove to be very beneficial for both parties. The VW connection could help Suzuki sales and for VW, the new crossover would help them compete in the newly created, small crossover segment with Mini and Audi.

The new VW crossover could be here as early as 2013 and if we compare notes for a minute, we could see the similarities between this report and our previous report on the Rocktan SUV. This report spoke of a VW/Suzuki collaboration based on the SX4 and placed under the Tiguan. These similarities lead us to believe that this new CUV is indeed the Rocktan and should cost under 20,000 Euros upon its release.


Source: Autozeitung

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  (619) posted on 10.15.2010

If anyone has the economies of scale and platforms to give it a go it’s VW, best of luck to them... though the mentioning of quality (many a US issue) in the same line of thought as world’s biggest automaker seems odd. In the rest of the world VW doesn’t have the same fairly negative image of TopSpeed US based commentator’s have.

  (346) posted on 10.12.2010

How about the Toumenybalzintheaer tribe of Lower Saxony?

  (134) posted on 08.1.2010

Ya, I agree. I need to test drive it first for giving any conclusion. I hope that they surpass the tandem of Toyota and Tesla.

  (648) posted on 07.5.2010

Its hard to tell what the balance of performance vs economy will be in the Volkswagen implementation until we drive it.

  (858) posted on 07.4.2010

nasty move by the Volkswagen, but i guess this is the partnership is all about. i hope they can reach their vision on 2018.

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