German auto major Volkswagen today said it has started production of its upcoming premium SUV Tiguan at the Aurangabad plant in Maharashtra. To be launched later this year in India, the Tiguan will be available with a 2 liter diesel engine mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Also Read - Volkswagen Taigun SUV special edition launched to celebrate car's first year in IndiaAlso Read - Volkswagen ropes in Porsche CEO to lead as Diess steps down
“The Tiguan will be our premium SUV offering for India and will cater to the unceasing demand in the segment. Our customers will now have an extended portfolio, ranging from hatchback to executive sedan, to meet their requirements at our showrooms,” Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India said in a statement.
The premium SUV along with sedan Passat is the new products lined up for launch by the company this year. VW has already launched performance-oriented hatchback GTI and is seeking to position itself as a full range “accessible premium car brand” in India.
The Tiguan was first showcased at the Auto Expo in 2016. It will compete with the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour which are priced in the range of Rs 25.92 lakh to up to Rs 31.12 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). ALSO READ: Honda vehicles to get pricier by Rs 10,000 from next month