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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 automobile in Europe, whereas the Golf’s electric alternative is due by the tip of the last decade.

The model has already dedicated to producing solely electric autos 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 yr 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 yr, which is able to “[put] it in a terrific place till the tip of the last decade”.

“Then we could have to see how the section develops,” mentioned Mr Schäfer.

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Camera IconMk8 Golf Credit: CarExpert

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

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

This structure will substitute the MEB underpinnings presently employed by the model’s electric autos.

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 primarily based on the MEB Entry structure that slots between the Polo and Golf in measurement.

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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 automobile that doesn’t work. We received’t make that mistake,” mentioned Mr Schäfer.

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

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

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Camera IconCurrent T-Roc Credit: CarExpert

While he conceded this made sense as a means 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 automobile for Volkswagen, contemplating it was the best-selling SUV in Europe last yr and even outsold the Golf.

With the Golf going EV-only in direction of the tip of the last decade, the second-generation, combustion-powered T-Roc ought to be ready to cater to those that desire combustion energy no less than till a alternative arrives for it, doubtless in the following decade.

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