An Affordable VW: Volkswagen Teases New Subcompact SUV
VW's newest addition to its growing crossover SUV (CUV) lineup will debut on October 13, 2020.
Subcompact crossover SUV's (CUV's) are a fast-growing segment in North America, with nearly every automaker (even luxury brands) selling an offering from the subcompact CUV class. However, one manufacturer that doesn't currently offer a subcompact CUV is Volkswagen (VW). On October 13, 2020, that will change when VW will unveil its latest addition to its growing CUV lineup, which already consists of the compact Tiguan, and the midsize Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas. While we don't currently know the name of VW's upcoming entry-level CUV, we do know that it will offer budget-minded shoppers the opportunity to get into a VW. Read on to find out more about what's expected of VW's new subcompact CUV. NOTE: Any and all pricing discussed in this article does NOT include any applicable destination fees, taxes, or other fees.
The Volkswagen Group already offers an entry-level CUV from its Audi luxury brand, which is known as the Q3. Based on the MQB Platform, Volkswagen's new entry-level SUV should share a basic platform with the Audi Q3, which was redesigned in 2019. However, while the Audi Q3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L "TSI" Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine producing 228 horsepower and 258 lb. ft. of torque, we expect VW's new subcompact CUV to share the Jetta's turbocharged 1.4L "TSI" Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine, which produces a potent 147 horsepower and 184 lb. ft. of torque. This engine would be the perfect size for an entry-level, budget-minded CUV, and is in line with the subcompact CUV class, which includes the Buick Encore and Encore GX, the Chevrolet (Chevy) Trax and TrailBlazer, the Fiat 500X, the Ford EcoSport, the Hyundai Kona and Venue, the Jeep Renegade, the Kia Seltos, the Mazda CX-3 and CX-30, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the Nissan Kicks, the Subaru CrossTrek, and the Toyota CH-R. That engine (which is expected to be the sole engine choice for the unnamed VW entry-level CUV) should offer a choice of either a six-speed manual transmission (only on base models), or an eight-speed automatic transmission (standard on most models, but optional on base models). Both Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and VW's "4MOTION" All Wheel Drive (AWD) System are both expected to be offered as well.
Inside, the new VW entry-level crossover SUV is expected to receive the latest "MIB III" touchscreen infotainment system with Wireless and Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and 4G LTE In-Vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity (including a paid trial subscription) as standard equipment on every model, with features such as HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with an included paid trial subscription), a Beats premium audio system with an external amplifier and subwoofer, and integrated GPS Navigation on higher trim levels. While a traditional set of analogue gauges flanked by a single colored LCD display screen will be standard on lower trim levels, upper trim levels will most likely also offer VW's "Digital Cockpit" full-Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display reconfigurable instrument cluster, which can display a full map from the GPS navigation system that takes up the entire display when selected. Both standard cloth and optional VW "V-Tex" perforated leatherette-trimmed seating surfaces are expected to be available, and possibly even Napa perforated luxury leather seat trim in higher-level trims. Of course, a full suite of driver assistance technologies will come standard on every model of VW's new subcompact CUV, with many more advanced driver assistance technologies reserved for upper trim levels.
At this time, it is unclear where VW's new entry-level CUV will be manufactured, although most North American-specific VW models are produced at the Brand's Chattanooga, Tennessee Assembly Plant, where the VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport, as well as its original North American-produced product, the Passat NMS (New Midsize Sedan), are all produced. It is very likely that production on VW's entry-level SUV will commence at the Chattanooga Plant. Pricing is expected to begin at around $22,000, excluding any applicable destination fees, taxes, or other fees. VW will debut its all-new entry-level CUV on October 13, 2020, and it should be on sale at VW dealerships nationwide by early 2021. VW currently offers its entry-level, subcompact CUV, the Tarek, in some markets, however, the Brand has said that the North American model will be exclusive to our market, and will feature a different design. What do you think of VW's entry-level CUV so far? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here for more information as it becomes available!