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Volkswagen previews new "Volks-SUV" for markets outside Europe


Volkswagen has released a new sketch image of its first global SUV bound for developing markets and expected to slot-in below the Tiguan.

According to Automotive News Europe, the "Volks-SUV" will be developed in China but built in Mexico, Russia and Argentina from 2020, with Volkswagen CEO Herbet Deiss projecting sales of 400 000 units a year across the world. It is, however, a no-go for Europe where the T-Roc would instead be offered.

Deiss also stated that the Wolfsburg giant would double its SUV offerings by 2020 to meet increasing demand, with further models planned to be the new Touareg (due to be revealed this coming Friday, March 23rd) and the T Cross which is bound for Europe towards the end of this year.

Speaking at a media briefing last week, Volkswagen brand sales chief Juergen Stackman stated that the newcomer, which takes inspiration from the Tiguan and the North American Atlas in the provided image, would only carry the "Volks-SUV" designation internally as "the production (model) turned from a regional project into a global project".

The article further states that the "Volks-SUV" will make use of the MQB platform underpinning models from the new Polo to the Golf and Atlas, providing a wide range of petrol and diesel engine options with all-wheel drive likely to feature at some stage as well.

Meanwhile, Brazilian automotive artist Kleber Silva has released two renders of what the production "Volks-SUV" could look like, dubbing it the Tharek.

As indicated by the sketch, the Tharek draws visual similarities when viewed from the front, although the rear from the C-pillar resembles the recently launched Skoda Koraq with Volkswagen specific taillights and 200 TSI badging from the South American market Virtus.

Despite being intended from developing markets as mentioned, it remains to be seen if the production "Volks-SUV" would be given the green light for availability when it becomes a production reality.

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