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Next T-Roc to be VW’s last new combustion car in Europe, Golf going electric

The subsequent Volkswagen T-Roc, due in 2025, will be the German model’s last new combustion-powered car in Europe, whereas the Golf’s electric substitute is due by the top of the last decade.

The model has already dedicated to producing solely electric automobiles in Europe from 2033.

Don’t anticipate to see Volkswagen stroll away from its long-running nameplates, nevertheless.

“It’s clear that we’ll not be giving up iconic names like Golf, Tiguan and GTI, however will be transferring them to the electric world,” Volkswagen model boss Thomas Schäfer advised German publication Automobilwoche.

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Camera IconNext-gen Passat Credit: CarExpert
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Camera IconNext-gen Tiguan Credit: CarExpert

He shared some future product plans with the outlet, confirming the new Passat and Tiguan debuting this 12 months will be the last generations of those nameplates with combustion energy.

Before electric-only replacements for the T-Roc, Passat and Tiguan debut, nevertheless, there’ll be an EV-only Mk9 Golf.

Mr Schäfer confirmed the present Mk8 Golf will get a complete replace subsequent 12 months, which is able to “[put] it in a fantastic place till the top of the last decade”.

“Then we may have to see how the section develops,” stated Mr Schäfer.

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Camera IconMk8 Golf Credit: CarExpert

“If the world develops utterly otherwise than anticipated by 2026 or 2027, then we will additionally launch a very new car once more. But I don’t anticipate that to occur. So far, that’s not deliberate.”

He indicated a Golf substitute wouldn’t come till 2028 on the earliest, by which period Volkswagen may have its new SSP electric car structure.

This structure will change the MEB underpinnings presently employed by the model’s electric automobiles.

That seems to rule out a report from earlier this year that Volkswagen would apply the Golf nameplate to the manufacturing model of the ID.2all, a small front-wheel drive electric hatchback based mostly on the MEB Entry structure that slots between the Polo and Golf in dimension.

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Camera IconID.2all idea Credit: CarExpert

Don’t anticipate the model to simply slap the Golf badge on the taller ID.3, nevertheless, with the following Golf to have a flatter roof.

“With the Golf in explicit, it has to match the genes. Just calling any car that doesn’t work. We received’t make that mistake,” stated Mr Schäfer.

The manufacturing ID.2all might successfully change the present Polo, with Mr Schäfer warning upcoming Euro 7 emissions laws would make a combustion-powered next-generation Polo prohibitively costly.

Mr Schäfer, who was appointed CEO of the Volkswagen model last 12 months, additionally advised the publication the model’s present crop of ID-badged electric automobiles had been created at a time when “individuals needed to be completely different and to reinvent Volkswagen”.

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Camera IconCurrent T-Roc Credit: CarExpert

While he conceded this made sense as a manner of getting these merchandise to stand out extra in {the marketplace} than previous model EVs just like the e-Golf, the model is now wanting to return to the clear strains and high-quality interiors it had been recognized for.

The next-generation, combustion-powered T-Roc will be a very necessary car for Volkswagen, contemplating it was the best-selling SUV in Europe last 12 months and even outsold the Golf.

With the Golf going EV-only in the direction of the top of the last decade, the second-generation, combustion-powered T-Roc ought to be in a position to cater to those that desire combustion energy at the least till a substitute arrives for it, seemingly in the following decade.

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