Volkswagen is planning an expansion of its SUV lineup in Australia and other markets, but according to a new report from Motoring, Oz won’t receive Volkswagen’s entry into the increasingly popular compact utility vehicle segment, the Taigun.
Volkswagen Australia managing director, John White, said that the Taigun, which will be based on the Up! hatchback, will be too small for the Australian market. He added that VW is interested offering, “a larger mid-sized SUV positioned between the Tiguan and Touareg,” but said there are no such products planned for right-hand drive markets at this time.
Even though Australia won’t receive the ultra compact Taigun, the market is destined to receive some type of new VW SUV. The automaker has two new crossovers in the works, so the chances that at least one will end up down under are high.
“We feel that our product offering in the SUV space is good but is not complete,” White said. “The Australian SUV market has experienced significant growth in recent years, and of course, Volkswagen has offered models within this space which have proved successful in Australia.
The Taigun isn’t set to arrive in European markets until 2016, however similar offerings are slated for 2015 launches, including the LHD Cross Coupe SUV and the seven-seat Tiguan XL.The new Golf Alltrack is also expected to launch in several markets including Australia, by mid-2015.