Details of the new and updated Volkswagen models launching in Australia in 2015.
Volkswagen Jetta – January
An updated version of the slow-selling Volkswagen Jetta mid-size sedan will arrive early in the year, likely bringing with it a new price tag and revised equipment.
The Jetta also sees a minor facelift that makes it appear more like the current Passat, with revised headlights and a new front bumper.
Engine options may include a new 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo with 103kW of power (as seen in the Golf), but the Jetta could also persist with its existing 118TSI twin-charged petrol engine alongside a more powerful 155TSI turbo 2.0-litre and a 2.0-litre diesel.
Stay tuned for pricing and specs soon.
Read more about the Volkswagen Jetta.
Volkswagen Touareg update – Q1
A facelifted version of the Volkswagen Touareg is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2015.
The revised model gains a range of changes, including updated diesel engines (150TDI with 150kW/400Nm and V6 TDI with 193kW/550Nm) with lower fuel consumption. This is partly due to a new coasting function that disengages the standard eight-speed auto when no acceleration is needed.
Further changes include revised exterior styling, new interior materials, retuned suspension, a ‘stop and go’ function for the adaptive cruise control system, and a new mobile online services feature with integrated Google Street View, Google Earth and Google points of interest searches.
Stay tuned for pricing and further specifications as they come to hand.
Read more about the Volkswagen Touareg.
Volkswagen Polo GTI – Q2
The Volkswagen Polo GTI will return with a manual gearbox in the second quarter of 2015.
The new GTI may look similar to the existing model, but there are myriad changes – including that new manual transmission – and a new 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 141kW and 320Nm. For those who wish to let the car do the driving, there’s a seven-speed dual-clutch auto option, too.
A revamped interior includes a larger media screen than in the standard Polo range, meaning it should include satellite navigation and a reverse-view camera. Specifications are currently unclear, though.
Pricing for the entry manual model is expected to drop to a new baseline, possibly tackling the Ford Fiesta ST at $25,990 plus on-road costs.
Read our 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review.
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack – Q3
The German brand doesn’t yet have an SUV to sit between its Tiguan and Touareg models, and while there is a Passat Alltrack to help quench the thirst of SUV buyers, there’ll soon be a smaller alternative in the form of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.
The Golf Wagon-based high-rider has all the looks to go with its all-wheel-drive underpinnings, including a rugged body cladding package, underbody bash plates and sills, and uniquely designed alloy wheels.
Engine and drivetrain details are still to be confirmed, though it’s likely there will be a turbo petrol and turbo diesel offering.
Expect pricing to be slightly higher than the regular Golf Wagon, which ranges from $25,540 to $36,340 plus on-road costs.
Read more about the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.
Volkswagen Passat – Q4
The newly redesigned Volkswagen Passat will arrive about a year after our first drive of the car, but based on our impressions of the mid-to-large sedan and wagon following the 2014 Paris motor show, it will likely be worth the wait.
The new Passat will be available in 132TSI guise with a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine with 132kW/250Nm, and a 135TDI turbo diesel offering 140kW/400Nm from the same displacement. Those models will both be front-drive, with seven- and six-speed dual-clutch autos respectively.
There may be a range-topping 176kW/500Nm 176TDI 4Motion twin-turbo diesel, and/or a petrol-powered 206kW/380Nm (the same engine as in the Golf R). A 162kW version (same as is used in the Skoda Octavia RS) could also arrive.
The Passat currently ranges from $38,990 to $59,240 plus on-road costs, though that high-end price relates to the V6 4Motion model.
Read our 2015 Volkswagen Passat Review.
Volkswagen Caddy – Q4
An updated version of the Volkswagen Caddy small van range should hit showrooms towards the end of 2015.
The new model is set to see some major styling changes over the existing model, with a revamped front end, revised rear and updated interior.
Expect to see the production car unveiled by mid-year.
Read more about the Volkswagen Caddy.
Volkswagen T6 Transporter – Q4
There’ll be an all-new Volkswagen Transporter van available to buyers by the fourth quarter of 2015.
The new T6 van range will likely see improvements in terms of its equipment, while a heavily revised exterior (but with the traditional boxy back-end, improved for better capacity and cargo holding ability) will help the VW fight against the benchmark-setting Ford Transit.
Read how the T5 Transporter load lugger fared in our 2014 mid-size van comparison review. (Note: Volkswagen eT concept pictured)