Sub-Tiguan crossover to be built in Mexico

Volkswagen has confirmed a new sub-Tiguan crossover for sale in markets like China and the USA.

As reported by Automotive News Europe, company CEO Herbert Diess says the new crossover – dubbed "Volks-SUV", or the people's SUV – will be produced in Mexico and exported to global markets from 2020.

However, the Volks-SUV will not be sold in Europe, where the T-Roc already fills the sub-Tiguan role and appeals better to the region's tastes for a smaller and sportier-looking vehicle.

Above: Volkswagen T-Roc

Production will, however, commence in China later this year as part of the Volkswagen-SAIC Motor joint venture ahead of an on-sale date around August, with Mexican, Argentinian and Russian manufacturing to follow from 2020.

Once production ramps up, Diess says the company has a goal of 400,000 units globally per annum.

The new model will be based on the company's ubiquitous MQB platform, which already serves the basis for several models including the Polo, Golf, Passat and Tiguan.

Above: Volkswagen Tiguan

According to the report, Volkswagen has confirmed plans to increase its SUV count to 20 by 2020, with crossovers to account for 40 per cent of the company's overall sales volume.

Some of these vehicles will come in the form of the all-new Touareg (below) – set to be revealed in the coming weeks – along with the baby T-Cross slated to arrive in Europe before year-end, though the production model hasn't even been revealed yet.

"In almost all regions we will almost double our SUV offerings by 2020," Diess said.

Australia

Volkswagen's local arm has ruled out the 'Volks-SUV' for our market, instead opting for the T-Roc despite the staggered launch time compared to our friends in Europe.

"We see our full SUV line-up as comprising T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg," said Paul Pottinger, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Group Australia.

"That lineup will be in place next year," – indicating the full lineup will be launched Down Under within the next 18 months.