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4 Questions You Need To Ask About The 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

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Convertible SUVs are not too popular these days. There’s a plunge in the demand for them but fortunately, you can still get your hands on one if you want to. German automaker Volkswagen came up with the new T-Roc Cabriolet, a high-riding compact car with a drop-top.

Why Make The T-Roc A Convertible?

VW already axed the Eos, the Golf Cabriolet, and the Beetle Cabriolet. This means there’s room in its lineup for a small drop-top convertible. What you get when you mix that gap with the need for a crossover is the T-Roc Cabriolet.

The brand also needs at least one convertible in its range so the T-Roc will be the only convertible in the VW lineup for the foreseeable future. It looks the same as the regular five-door T-Roc except that it has a soft drop-top, a raked windscreen, and only two larger doors.

Should You Get The VW T-Roc?

Absolutely! This is the first crossover cabriolet in the compact segment. If that seems to be a lot of combination, just think about this: it combines an extroverted design with the raised seating that’s characteristic of an SUV. The trunk isn’t as big as the regular T-Roc crossover but the 284 liters are just enough. When the soft top comes down, that capacity decreases to just 161 liters.

Speaking of the drop-top, it folds electronically at speeds of 30 km/h or 19 mph. The shape is alike the top created for the Golf Convertible.

What Platform Is Used For The T-Roc Cabriolet?

The drop-top version of the regular T-Roc used the same MQB platform that underpins everything from the Audi A1 to the Passat. The structural rigidity of the car, however, was affected because of the drop-top. VW said it used four cross braces and a front cross strut in key areas to make the car sturdier.

When Will The T-Roc Cabriolet Be Available In The Market?

The T-Roc will officially be revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12 to 22. The market debut should be sometime in the spring of 2020. There are two packs that buyers can choose from: Style will include color themes for the interior, standard mood lighting, and 17-inch rims with a distinctive lacquered finish while the R-Line adds standard fog lights and sports seats for a sporty look.

The Volkswagen ID.4 SUV Is Ready For Production

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The Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, which will come a year after the ID.3 hatchback arrives in dealerships, has been spotted in its production form for the first time. The SUV is due to come in showrooms by the summer of 2021.

As expected, this bodywork has more conventional SUV proportions than the ID. Crozz concept, on which the ID.4 SUV was based on. The concept was introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show last 2017. Instead of the concept’s coupe-inspired rear liftback, the ID.4 SUV has a practical tailgate, as well as B-pillars and wing mirrors, both of which are missing from the ID. Crozz concept.

Many features have been retained from the concept such as the trademark ID, LED headlights, daytime running lights, raked windscreen line, blanked-off radiator grille, and the rugged plastic moldings for the side skirts and wheel arches.

The ID.4 SUV is based on the MED platform. This means that Volkswagen will likely offer the SUV in a range of drivetrain options with probably different power outputs. The less expensive variants are expected to feature a single electric motor, two-wheel drive, and smaller battery packs while the more expensive ones will likely arrive with a pair of motors and four-wheel-drive.

The battery packs will range from 45kWh to 77kWh in size. It will offer an electric range between 200 and 300 miles.

Volkswagen has yet to announce the exact technical and performance specifications of the ID.4 SUV although the ID. Crozz concept features a pair of electric motors that have power outputs of 302bhp, a top speed of 112mph, an all-electric range of 500km (311 miles).

The production form gave us a peek of the car’s interior. It has that “floating” infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster. Since the ID.3 is expected to come packed with voice control and satellite navigation, we should see the same in the ID.4.

Volkswagen to Discontinue the Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack in the US

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The Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack are the only two remaining wagons of Volkswagen in the US. The automaker recently confirmed that both will be discontinued in 2020.

According to USA Today, the German automaker cited the very low demand for wagons in the country. It should be noted that even compact cars are suffering the same fate, which resulted in the phase-out of the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus as well as the entire lineup of the Scion brand Daimler’s Smart division. The trend is a result of the ever-growing slice of sport utility vehicles and crossovers in the market.

The streamlining effort aims to let the brand put more focus on its SUV models. The current best-sellers of the automaker in this department are the Atlas and the Tiguan.

Scott Keogh, CEO of VW America, acknowledged the shift of preference of buyers from wagons and minivans to SUVs. He said that the latter has assumed the role of “family haulers”.

The exec revealed that they are expanding their SUV lineup. He is looking forward to a warm reception in their upcoming five-seater Atlas Cross Sport and ID. electric vehicles.

Car review site Edmunds noted that wagons only took a 0.6% market share when it comes to the overall vehicles sales in the US. It dived by 0.3% compared to sales in 2014.

The sales of the Golf range contributed to the decision of VW too. From January to June, only 18,958 Golf units were delivered to customers. That’s a 22 dip from the same period of last year. Meanwhile, the total sales of the vehicle in 2018 were only 42,271, which was down by 39% compared to its performance in 2017.

Ford and Volkswagen Partner for EV Platform and AI Sharing

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Various automakers have established alliances amid the narrowing profit margins to pool their resources and save on production costs. The latest major partnership to emerge is the one between Ford and Volkswagen.

The agreement of the companies covers many areas including platform sharing for electric vehicle production. The EV tie-up deal allows Ford to use VW’s MEB platform.

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The MEB platform has a modular and flexible architecture that can be used in various vehicle types. Ford plans to utilize it in the production of over 600,000 cars intended for European customers in the span of more than six years. The American automaker is currently thinking about developing two vehicle models based on the platform.

In addition, the partnership also covers VW’s investment in Argo AI, which is a Pittsburg-based autonomous vehicle startup initially backed by Ford. The backing of the two big names in the automotive industry would certainly launch Argo AI into a global company with operations in both the US and Europe. The support is estimated to increase the staff of the startup by 40% too.

It should be noted though that Argo AI still identifies itself as a private company separate from Ford and VW. The German carmaker committed an investment amounting $1 billion into the startup. They are looking into buying more Argo AI from Ford for $500 million in the next three years. Meanwhile, Ford promised an investment of $1 billion into the AI developer. The American automaker is already on its way of putting the remaining $600 million of its commitment to Argo AI.

The move of the two key players in the automotive scene effectively makes them a formidable challenger in the race to produce a fully self-driving car. Just a few days ago, bitter rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW announced their partnership to develop technologies to be used in their future autonomous vehicles.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Nears Release

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The German company Volkswagen revealed at last year’s New York auto show that it plans to release a two-row version of its Atlas crossover. The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept will supposedly come into production this year and it seems that Volkswagen kept its promise.

When the Teramont X was released to the overseas market a couple of months ago, many thought this was the Cross Sport crossover that the German automaker promised. However, recent spy shots of another VW crossover showed how the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport will be different from the Teramont X.

The spy photos showed the Cross Sport’s prototype wrapped in camouflage but this clearly is a diversion. The crossover is ready for production and its on the final stages of testing. The overall shape is similar to the Teramont X. It has that boxy, old-school profile. The rear hatch, however, leans far forward, similar to many luxury coupes. It also has a very thick D-pillar.

The Cross Sport’s front fascia is similar to the concept, unlike the regular Atlas and the Teramont X. It can be said that it rallies close to the VW Jetta with the grille dipping below the headlight line. The grille opening in the middle of the front bumper is also positioned much lower than the outboard ones.

Moving to the back, the Cross Sport is fitted with taillights that have redesigned LED bars like the ones found in the VW Golf.

We can expect the Atlas Cross Sport to enter production in the next few months. It should be ready in dealerships before the year’s end as this will be a 2020 model. The competition is tough, though, as it should be ready to compete with the likes of the Nissan Murano, the Honda Passport, and the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Chevrolet Blazer and the Ford Edge are competitors, too.

New 296-HP 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan R Is Coming Soon

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The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan R is scheduled to be revealed later this year. This means the German company is constantly testing the car to prepare it for the release. Spy shots of the Tiguan R revealed a new performance SUV that used the same platform found in the recently-launched Cupra Ateca.

According to reports, the new Tiguan R will be powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 296 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque on the Ateca. That power will go through a seven-speed DSG to an all-wheel-drive configuration that allows the car to go 62 miles in around six seconds.

The test mule has the same R-Line version of the SUV, which means it will sport the model line’s front bumper, rear valance, and large rear spoiler. The only difference will lie on the twin-exit exhaust tips. Volkswagen may want to make the Tiguan R sportier before its big reveal but that’s all up in the air for now.

Other features that are to be expected are adaptive suspension, updated performance brakes, a choice of alloy wheels, and a sophisticated traction control system.

The cabin should also be similar to a Tiguan R-Line with a pair of leather-trimmed sports seats, a sports steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, a digital instrument cluster, an eight-inch infotainment screen, and a premium audio system all coming as standard. Extras would be a tow-bar and three-zone climate control.

The Tiguan R is in line with Volkswagen’s plan to expand its SUV lineup. This new Tiguan R will follow the T-Roc R, a mini-performance SUV with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The T-Roc R and the Tiguan R also have similar interior specifications.

We expect the Tiguan R’s debut before or during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Is Priced At $36,840

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The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon starts its price tag at $36,840 and though that’s strangely higher than most of its competitions, which are less than $10,000, the more upscale styling and feature content and powerful engine more than make up for the cost.

The Arteon competes nicely with other premium hatchbacks such as the Kia Stinger (starting at $33,495) and Buick Regal Sportback (which starts at $25,995 but rises to the mid-$30,000s when similarly equipped).

All variants of the 2019 Arteons use a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that produces 268 horsepower by sending it through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard to all Arteons is the front-wheel drive though buyers have the option of purchasing the 4Motion all-wheel drive costing $1,800 extra on the SE and SEL trim levels and coming standard on the top-of-the-line SEL Premium.

You may also opt for the R-Line sport appearance package that adds a different look to the car’s aesthetics. The package includes a different front fascia, either 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, a black rear spoiler, metal-look interior trim, contrast stitching inside, and R-Line badges. The R-Line sport package is available for all of the trim levels for $1,265 with the 19-inch wheels and $1,765 with the 20-inch wheels.

Volkswagen said that Arteon’s build-your-own tool will soon launch on the website. It will show more information about the exterior and interior colors.

The SE trim level, costing $36,840, comes standard with these equipment: adaptive dampers system proximity-key entry, three-zone automatic climate control, forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, and heated power front seats.

The SEL trim level, which can be purchased for $40,990, adds a panoramic sunroof, remote start, Nappa leather upholstery, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, adaptive cruise control.

The SEL Premium, which starts at $45,940, will have heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, cooled front seats and heated rear seats, massaging driver’s seat, power liftgate, premium audio system, and 19-inch wheels.

Volkswagen Turns Jetta Into a Separate Brand in China

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Capitalizing on the success of the Jetta range in China, Volkswagen has decided to transform it into a separate company within the giant Asian country. The plans for the spin-off Jetta brand was announced by the German automaker last week.

According to Volkswagen, the Jetta brand will focus on making cars for China. It will be launched as a joint venture with First Auto Works, which happens to be a state-owned Chinese car company.

Upon launch, Jetta will be offering in its dealerships its existing sedan and two SUV models. There are speculations that the models might come as electric vehicles, and the predictions are not far-fetched considering the strong push of the Chinese government for car companies to gradually shift to “zero emission” or “new energy” products.

Analysts laud the bold decision of Volkswagen calling it a “very smart strategic move”. Alysha Webb, an LA-based journalist told The Verge that the Jetta has a long standing history in China as a dependable car. Therefore, taking VW’s best-selling model and making it adapt into the Chinese market under a separate nameplate will significantly help expand the company’s reach. Meanwhile, Jurgen Stackmann, VW’s board member and in charge of sales, likened the Jetta to the Beetle in the way that it brought mobility to the masses.

So far, details about the arrival of the new models for the new Jetta brand are scarce. All we know is that the new joint venture aims to reach out to more customers through “innovative sales formats” like digital showrooms and mobile sales trucks. Jetta will also have its own network of dealerships in China.

We don’t know yet whether the vehicles that will be produced under the Jetta brand will be sold outside China or not.

Volkswagen Arteon Gets More Powerful With 268BHP Engine

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German automaker Volkswagen updated its flagship saloon, the Arteon, with a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 268 horsepower. Available now, prices start at £39,065 ($49,500).

The new engine of the Volkswagen Arteon not only produces a more powerful 268 horsepower, but it also brings the torque to 350Nm. The output is sent through a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission to an all-wheel-drive system that comes as standard. It brings to the car from 0 to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds, and provides a top speed of 155 mph.

The increase in power and the addition of an all-wheel-drive system will not make the Arteon any less efficient than it was originally made. According to Volkswagen, the new Arteon will still achieve a whopping 40.4mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 160g/km of carbon dioxide.

The four-wheel-drive system has not affected the cabin space, too. This new and more powerful Arteon will have its predecessor’s 563 liters of boot space with rear seats in place. When the rear seats are towed, it’s a completely different story as the Arteon will get 1,557 liters of space.

There are still two trim levels—the Elegance and the R-Line. Both trims can get the new powertrain. For the Elegance trim level, the price will start at £39,065 ($49,500) and will standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, and self-leveling headlights. The R-Line models are more expensive at £39,850 ($50,400) but that price gets you 19-inch alloy wheels, R-Line bumpers, R-Line badging, and R-Line sports seats.

Will The US Get The Arteon?

Americans waiting for the Arteon may have to wait a little while longer. Back in September, reports said it was the delay in the certification process that was hindering the sale of the Arteon in the US. The delay was not related to the Arteon but to the backlog in meeting WLTP world emission testing. VW said back then that the Arteon might be released in America during late fall/early winter.

Well, it’s early winter right now and it’s the holiday season. People are looking for an excuse to splurge on themselves. We haven’t seen any sign that an Arteon will go on sale here soon. Stay tuned for more details.

 

3 Things We Learned From The 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo Spy Video


The 2020 Volkswagen ID Neo has been spotted testing in its prototype form. The ID Neo will be the first model under VW’s family of ID electric cars. The arrival of the ID Neo comes in an opportune time as VW plans to transition its company to an electric car manufacturer.

It Is Going To Be A Compact Hatch

There are no questions in our minds that the all-new ID Neo is going to be a compact hatch that looks like straight off the minivan newsletter. We’ve already seen this in 2016 as VW allowed a preview of its ID Neo Concept whose production version is scheduled for a late 2019 showdown with the rest of its competitions.

It Is Not Going To Be Available In The US

Buyers will be sad to know that the first model of Volkswagen’s ID cars is not going to be available in the US. What VW did is to introduce an entirely different line of ID cars in America, specifically a small crossover SUV based on 2017’s ID Crozz concept. That should arrive sometime in 2020. Another “spiritual successor” to VW’s Microbus that is based on 2017’s ID Buzz concept is also a possibility. This is scheduled for a 2022 introduction and will likely be joined by a commercial version.

It Is Going To Have A Conventional Design

We should not be surprised that the ID Neo will have a rather traditional design. The design elements are very similar to what we saw on the concept, though the production version is going to use conventional side mirrors rather than the concept’s camera-based system. It will also come with conventional door handles to replace the concept’s electric mechanism.

The vehicle’s single-electric motor at the rear axle will produce around 167 horsepower and multiple battery options that can go the distance—between 250 and 370 miles in range.

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