The SUV market is booming and Volkswagen Australia wants in. Speaking to CarAdvice, managing director John White has confirmed that the company will add two new models to slot above and below the forthcoming next-generation Tiguan in the lineup.
According to White, the first model is expected to be smaller than the Tiguan and will be a rival to the current crop of compact SUVs such as the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur, Suzuki Vitara, Fiat 500X as well as Jeep Renegade.
“[The new small SUV] hasn’t been announced yet, but obviously we need to come down to a smaller size, different segment,” White said.
Further up the range, a new model is planned to fill the gap between the Tiguan and the big Touareg. It will be offered to customers who prefer style over function.
“Then we’ll have that Cross Coupe, which we showed I think in Shanghai two years ago. That’s going to be the more luxury derivative.”
First shown in 2011, the Cross Coupe has since been used as a platform for several other showcars including the CrossBlue Coupe plug-in hybrid in 2013 and the Cross Coupe GTE concept, which was showcased at this year’s North American International Auto Show.