At the car show in Guangzhou, one of the biggest of its kind in China, Volkswagen exhibited two new SUVs: the Tayron and the Tharu. The new models take the number of SUVs on the Chinese market up to half a dozen. The six SUV models: the Tiguan, the Teramont, the new generation of the top model, the Touareg, and this year’s new models, the T-Roc, the Tayron, and the Tharu.
Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of the Volkswagen Brand in China, announced that the SUV family in China would double in size to at least 12 SUV models by 2020.
The round dozen will be
completed by 2020 in China
At the end of October, Volkswagen launched the Tayron from its joint venture partner, FAW Volkswagen. The name is a portmanteau of “tiger” and “iron,” befitting of the new SUV’s powerful design. The Tayron is based on the Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB). At 4.60 meters long, with a wheel base of 2.73 meters, it has been designed for the mid-to-top range of the Chinese SUV market.
The Tharu is the SUV for the compact class in China. It measures 4.45 meters long and 1.84 meters tall with a wheel base of 2.68 meters. The new SUV model offers plenty of storage. When the back seat is folded down, the trunk space increases to a volume of 1,542 liters. Like the T-Roc, the Tharu is built by the joint venture partner SAIC Volkswagen in Shanghai. There, Volkswagen recently celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for a new plant, which will produce electric cars beginning in 2020.