Volkswagen is looking at the future with a host of brand new models, which will arrive later this year.
Among the most important premieres of 2019 for the German firm, is of course eighth-gen Golf that will hit production this summer, prior to an official premiere in the third quarter.
One model that has already been presented in the States, is the Passat. The North American specification model made its debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. However, being underpinned by the same platform as the outgoing Passat, we can’t call it new, can we?
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The ID Hatch will go into mass production in 2019, as the brand’s first electric vehicle based on the MEB platform. Believed to be called the Neo, it will represent the start of VW’s EV offensive. The WLTP-approved driving range is said to be 342 miles (550 km), while per EPA’s standard, this should translate to some 290 miles (467 km).
An SUV convertible from Volkswagen? Say no more, because the T-Roc will lower its roof this year. It will build on the success of the fixed roof model as an “emotional variation”, or so VW says.
With 286 horsepower (290 PS / 213 kW) and a top speed of 164 mph (264 km/h), the Golf GTI TCR will go on sale in 2019, as the fastest GTI of the range. It was previewed by a concept last spring, which also used a 2.0-liter four-pot, with 286 hp (290 PS / 213 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque, paired to a seven-speed DSG.
Presented last fall, the T-Cross will come to market this year. Only that market is not North America. Still, the subcompact SUV is a global model, and it will be assembled in Spain, China and South America.
After it made a name for itself at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado in 2018, the ID R will be faced with new challenges this year. The automaker says that its record-hunting run will continue, but they will shed more light on the case on January 20.