Volkswagen introduced a crossover that is half the price of a Tiguan

Volkswagen introduced a crossover that is half the price of a Tiguan

November 26, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The German concern unveiled the characteristics of the Jetta VS7

Volkswagen has prepared a mid-size SUV for the Chinese market. The novelty will be sold under the budget brand Jetta and will become the third model in the brand’s lineup after the more compact VS5 crossover and VA3 sedan. Starting price VS7 – 92.8 thousand yuan; Volkswagen Tiguan prices in the Middle Kingdom start at 220 thousand yuan.

Technically, the Jetta VS7 is closer to the Skoda Karoq all-terrain vehicle: the models have a common platform, a similar chassis and a common line of power units. However, the VS7 is distinguished by a wheelbase extended by 100 millimeters and an increased rear overhang, so that from the bumper to the bumper, the crossover for the Chinese market is 4,624 millimeters — only 62 millimeters smaller than the European Tiguan.

The engine of the Jetta VS7 has no alternative: a 150-horsepower “turbo four” volume of 1.4 liters is combined with a six-speed “mechanics” or “automatic” Aisin with the same number of gears. Drive – only on the front wheels. However, unlike Karoq with the same drive type, the rear of the VS7 has a multi-link suspension, not a torsion beam.

Despite the increased dimensions, the three-row interior of the Jetta VS7 is not put: the crossover is designed for five passengers, and a large margin for legs is waiting on the rear couch of riders. But contrary to the budget ideology of the brand, a solid list of options has been announced for VS7: there is a panoramic roof, fully LED optics, all-round cameras, adaptive cruise control, electric seats for the front seats and a rather big display of the media system.

In China, sales of the Jetta VS7 have already started, and the first client machines will appear in January 2020. Demand for Jetta models has already exceeded Volkswagen’s expectations: in September, more than 11 thousand buyers found the VS5 crossover and VA3 sedan, 30 percent more than planned.

So far, Volkswagen has not announced plans to expand the Jetta lineup and does not intend to sell sub-brand cars outside the Chinese market.