Volkswagen has never shied away from grabbing headlines at any motor events, so why should the 89th Geneva Motor show be different. The German car manufacturer has premiered not one but four vehicles at the Geneva Motor show.
Now what distinguishing is the fact that these four models are completely in different categories and cater to different audiences.
Let’s start up with the most talked about the ID BUGGY first.
The ID BUGGY
The ID BUGGY is a signature Volkswagen electric concept car showcasing the German car makers electric capabilities and how good are they at scaling up the electric potential. The concept car heavily borrows from Californian 1960s dune bug like concept. What’s interesting about the ID BUGGY is that its fully electric 2- seater and can be converted to a 2+2-seater and an additional electric motor can be added to the front axle in order to make four-wheel drive possible.
The ID BUGGY is based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which the company introduced way back in 2016. Initially the MEB platform was just a matrix of common parts for producing electric vehicles, however with the ID BUGGY concept already materialising, the MEB platform initiative definitely seems to have reaped rewards.
Next up is Volkswagen Passat.
Volkswagen has been vocal about automated and radar- based driving globally. Hence, it only seems apt to see this materialise in flesh. Making its debut at the Geneva Motor show is the new Travel Assist Feature on the Passat. Volkswagen claims to automate driving partially up to speeds of 210 kmph incorporating this feature. The Passat also features capacitive steering wheel, which detects the touch of the driver and provides an interactive interface to systems such as the Travel Assist.
Volkswagen introduced the Volkswagen Passat last year in India, it will be interesting to see when would this updated Passat makes it way to the Indian shores.
Volkswagen has been sceptic about getting a cross over to Indian shores, however Volkswagen has been strong in their lineage in developing cross overs. Third model making its presence felt at the Geneva Motor Show is the T-Roc R, a sport/ performance cross over.
The T-Roc is powered by the popular 2.0 TSI engine which makes 300PS and 400 NM of peak power. 0 to 100 Km/hr dash comes at a lightening 4.9 seconds pace. Volkswagen has not been vocal if they would launch the T-Roc R in Indian market yet.
The final model under the VW banter is the Touareg V8 TDI.
The Touareg V8 TDI
The Touareg is the most powerful diesel SUV from VW. The V8 engine makes power of 421 PS and 900 NM of torque, a figure so impressive would get a lot of super sport cars sweating. We can only hope this variant comes to India sooner rather than later.