Volkswagen India has confirmed that the all-new Volkswagen Passat and Tiguan models to be launched in this year in the Indian market. The Tiguan to be introduced in the coming month of May 2017, whereas the VW Passat is expected to enter the passenger vehicle market in July 2017. There is no official confirmation about the Passat launch but, it will be assembled at the company’s Chakan plant along with the Tiguan.
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Both cars, Tiguan and Passat will be received the VW group’s MQB platform for the Indian market. The VW Passat will enter the Indian market in its latest B8 avatar with the measurements of 4,767mm length, 1832mm width and 1456mm height. It comes with the wheelbase of 2,677mm and single engine that will be the four-cylinder 2.0-litre TDI turbo diesel.
The Passat GTE petrol hybrid to be featured with the combination of 115bhp electric motor and 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine rated at 154bhp of power. As per the information, the VW Passat will also get the sportier version with the 2.0-litre 177hp diesel engine for the Indian market.
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To expand the network as well as become as one of the strong players in the passenger market, Volkswagen India is introducing all-new models with different platforms. The upcoming cars will be expensive compared to the existing cars and priced Rs. 30 to 35 lakhs on the Tiguan and Rs. 32 to 34 lakhs on the Passat.
The Korean manufacturer’s SsangYong Tivoli has been spotted with the totally covered exterior in Chennai for the performance testing. The compact SUV has already showcased in the Indian market at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016 along with the Mahindra cars. A few months back, Mahindra has confirmed that the company is evaluating the launch of the Tivoli in the Indian market. Till the date, there is no official announcement from the company regarding the Tivoli launch.
Being a Korean based product, the Tivoli gets the best response from the aspiration buyers in South Korea. Recently, the same product has been launched in Nepal at NPR 5,375,000, approximately Rs. 33.66lakhs. If the parent company, Mahindra launched the Tivoli, the Korean product range to be expanded in the domestic market and the product is to be available with the existed SsangYong models, Rexton, Korando, as well.
The SsangYong Tivoli is expected to be offered in petrol and diesel variants along with the higher capacity engines. The petrol based cars will be powered by the 1.6L e-XGi160 engine with the capacity of 126PS power and 160Nm torque. The diesel versions would pack a turbocharged 1.6L e-XDi160 engine that outputs 115PS power and 300Nm.
The Tivoli is estimated to be offered with the two transmission options, such as 6-speed MT and 6-speed automatic gearbox. The global-specific Tivoli is available with the 4 wheel drive system as an optional feature, but the same drive system may not be included in the list of Indian-specific SsangYong (Mahindra) Tivoli.
The Tivoli SUV measures 4.2metre long and features the all-new monocoque platform, 18-inch diamond shaped alloy wheels, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, dual zone climate control, as well. If launched, the Tivoli is expected to be assembled at the Mahindra’s facility. Consequently, the upcoming Tivoli compact SUV is to be available at the reasonable price of Rs. 15-17lakhs.
Source: Automotive News