VW plots more SUVs

28 Sep, 2012 7:10pm Tom Phillips

A Nissan Juke-rivalling small SUV is among a raft of new Volkswagen models on the way

Speaking to Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen’s board member for product development, at the Paris Motor Show, Auto Express has learned that a Nissan Juke-rivalling SUV is just one of a number of new VWs on the horizon.

On the subject of the small SUV, Hackenberg said “I think it’s a very interesting segment, although our offering will be different in different countries. I think the A0 or A- size (which is the size of the Nissan Juke in Volkswagen speak) is very important, so I would imagine [we’ll see the car] not next year but 2014. We have started work.”

The VW small SUV is likely to arrive slightly before the Audi Q2, previewed by the Crosslane Coupe Concept at Paris. Both the Q2 and VW model will use the new modular MQB platform, along with the next Polo, and be offered with front and four-wheel drive. They will also use VW’s new engine range, which will include a three-cylinder diesel.

Hackenberg also confirmed that VW is working on a larger version of the Tiguan. Designed and likely to be built in North America, the car will feature three rows of seats.