Volkswagen has confirmed that it is working on at least two new SUVs for the U.S. market, as demand for such vehicles continues to rise.
While speaking with The Detroit Bureau at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee where the new Atlas Sport Cross is being built, Volkswagen Group of America chief executive Scott Keogh revealed that both models will slot below the Tiguan in the company’s range.
Other than stating that the introduction of these two new models into the U.S. market is an exciting new opportunity for the automaker, Keogh didn’t provide any further details about the SUVs he was referencing.
The German brand already has two SUVs smaller than the current Tiguan in the form of the T-Cross and T-Roc, but neither of these two are sold in the United States. It is possible that the two models being prepped for the U.S. are the T-Cross and T-Roc, or they could actually be developing distinct models for the American market.
Either way, we know Wolfsburg’s future SUV plans don’t stop there, as next year the ID.4 will launch as the VW’s first U.S.-bound vehicle from its new EV family. Keogh has previously stated that this electric SUV could cost about the same as an equivalent ICE-powered Tiguan, meaning a price tag somewhere in the high $30k or low $40k range.
This model, plus the aforementioned two additional SUVs, are bound to increase the company’s U.S. sales. According to Keogh, the older Touareg and Tiguan models accounted for just 14 per cent of brand sales in the United States three years ago, but this year, their SUV fleet share skyrocketed to 52 per cent.
Note: VW T-Roc R pictured