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Volkswagen’s compact SUV T-Roc may arrive in India this year: Reports

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 11 April 2019, 06:46 PM
Volkswagen’s compact SUV T-Roc may arrive in India this year (Wikipedia)
Volkswagen’s compact SUV T-Roc may arrive in India this year (Wikipedia)

The German automaker Volkswagen is all set to introduce compact SUV in the Indian market to compete with Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Harrier and Hyundai Creta. As per a report by Carandbike, Volkswagen will launch compact SUV T-Roc in the Indian market and in petrol variant only.

The report also suggests that Volkswagen T-Roc will be imported in India and around 2500 units will be brought in the country without local homologation. After this, T-Roc is expected to cost high and may be available for sale at around Rs 15-20 lakh range.

As we said earlier, the company is looking to launch only the petrol variant in three engine options, 1-litre, 1.5-litre and 2-litre engine which will produce 113 Bhp-200 Nm, 148 Bhp-250 Nm and 187 Bhp-320 Nm respectively.

The 1-litre petrol engine will be mated with a 6 speed manual gearbox as standard, the 1.5 liter unit gets both 6 speed manual and 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearboxes and the 2 liter motor gets a 7 speed, twin clutch DSG automatic as standard.

Recently, The National Green Tribunal slapped a fine of Rs 500 crore on German auto major Volkswagen for damaging the environment through the use of “cheat device” in its diesel cars in India. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the carmaker to deposit the amount within two months.

German automaker Volkswagen is saying it plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next ten years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle life cycles by 30 percent. Previously the company said it would aim for 15 million. That's ambitious considering it made fewer than 50,000 battery-only vehicles last year.

The company is pivoting to electric vehicles as it seeks to comply with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, and a push by China for more low-emission vehicles.

German automaker Volkswagen also said that it would eliminate up to 7,000 jobs by 2023 as it seeks to accelerate its transition to electric vehicles, although the cuts should be achieved via retirement offers.

First Published: Thursday, April 11, 2019 06:46 PM
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