Seemingly by accident, VW of Argentina let slip that we’re going to get a sub-Tiguan-sized Volkswagen Tarek SUV in the near future.
Only two years ago, VW reinvented the Tiguan SUV into a much larger than previous vehicle. The first generation Tiguan was very small – decent-sized cabin with a miniscule boot. Volkswagen’s bet that more Tiguan would make for a better seller has proven to the be true as sales have taken off. This leaves room for the Volkswagen Tarek.
The new Tiguan did leave a hole in VW’s lineup at the very bottom but now it seems as though that gap will be filled. One of the reasons why we think story has loads of merit is that the US will do without the MK8 Golf, with the exception of the GTI and Golf R. The interesting thing is that, at least as far as we understand, Canada will get the MK8 Volkswagen Golf…
With SUVs still gaining favour among new vehicle buyers, there’s no doubt that the Tarek will outsell the Golf in the US. Said Volkswagen Tarek is built upon VW’s MQB platform and is already sold as the Tharu in China. Engine possibilities are all very familiar but the 1.4-litre TSI unit found in the Jetta and Golf is the most likely to make it here.
In many parts of the world, the 1.4-litre is mated to a 7-speed DSG. In North America, the 1.4 comes with an 8-speed automatic. The story goes that a DSG will do the transmitting work but here at least, the 7-speed DSG is reserved for the GTI and Golf R. 4MOTION AWD does not seem to be an option however we know that the MQB can handle it. In North America again, at least, 4MOTION requires the 1.8-litre or 2.0-litre TSI engine.
The Volkswagen Tarek, should it come, is about 25cm shorter than the Tiguan and as such, will compete with the Nissan Kicks and Kia Soul along with the Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and many more.
Nothing is yet confirmed however. As always, we’ll keep you posted.