The Volkswagen 2020 Lineup
Volkswagen is gearing up for a fresh new lineup of vehicles for 2020. VW will be offering plenty of new and exciting choices for car buyers, at the same time aiming to increase their already growing share of the US automotive market.
The company is banking on the buyers’ perception of the brand’s quality engineering, European driving dynamics, and fun-to-drive.
So what does Volkswagen have to offer next year? Let’s find out.
The Shift to SUVs
In 2018, market share for sedans fell down to 30 percent and the trend is still strong; that US vehicle buyers prefer high-riding vehicles. We’re talking SUVs, crossovers, and trucks here with over 7 million sold. Their rising dominance is clear and Volkswagen will be kicking in the coming year with their own offering: the Atlas and the Tiguan.
In fact, the German automaker posted an impressive annual global sales record of 10.83 million units. Sales of their sport utility vehicles made up 23.2 percent which saw a rise of about 10 percent within just five years. To the company’s executives that is strong enough indication of where the market is going in the coming years and they’re making sure they have the right products to offer.
The Volkswagen 2020 Lineup
Below is the expected lineup of VW vehicles for next year.
The Volkswagen Atlas is Volkswagen’s largest vehicle in the US today. Targeted towards the higher profit segment of the SUV market, the Atlas is a whopping seven-seater and has the look and feel designed for someone who leads an active lifestyle. It is also being marketed away from the usual rugged SUVs, with the Atlas boasting of more luxurious trims than the competition.
Expected for a fall of 2020 release date, this full-size SUV will be built at the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. It will be powered by a V6 engine producing 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. A 2.0L turbo engine will also be made available. The Atlas with the V6 engine is expected to be priced above $40,000.
2020 Atlas Cross Sport
This will be Volkswagen’s take on the coupe crossover segment. This midsize SUV is expected to be a two-row variant of the Atlas and will likely compete with the Jeep Cherokee, Nissan Murano, and the Chevrolet Blazer.
The current 2.0L turbo engine is expected to remain as its main option. It produces 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful 3.6L V6 variant is also expected to be available. This engine produces 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
The 2020 Atlas Cross Sport will probably be priced around $30,000.
2020 Golf Mark 8
Volkswagen’s 2020 Golf Mark 8 sporty hatchback is expected to be released October of this year and will surely get racing enthusiasts excited. Voted Car of the Year a number of times, the 2020 VW Golf is not expected to stray away from the design of the current 7th generation.
The top of the line Golf R should have a 2.0L turbo engine paired to the impressive 4MOTION all-wheel-drive setup. This engine produces 288 horsepower with 280 pound-feet of torque. The basic Golf, on the other hand, should retain the 1.4L turbo engine. And as to keep up with the trend, the electric e-Golf will be available.
The Mark 8 will have a price tag of just over $21,000 for the base variant while the sporty Golf R should go above $40,000. As always, the mid-variant Golf GTI is predicted to be the better option in terms of a balance of features and performance.
The Tiguan is a five-seater compact crossover that boasts of a smooth ride. VW built the Tiguan with a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, designed to allow the vehicle to easily adapt to changing road environment. A driver is offered Four driving modes: Snow, On-Road, Off-Road, and other customizable Off-Road.
It is expected to be powered by the same 2.0L TSI engine that produces 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Plenty of power for any crossover lover.
A fall release date is expected for the 2020 Tiguan with a price tag in the $24,000 range.
The Passat is VW’s offer for the upscale car-buying market. Feted against the popular Accord and the Camry, the newly redesigned Passat will be loaded with features and amenities for the convenience of the driver. As VW claims, it will be like a five-star experience.
Some of these features include heated front seats, V-Tex seats, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, USB charging ports, sunroof, and three feet of rear legroom.
The 2020 Passat will be powered by a turbocharged TSI engine and will be paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode.
Price is expected to be at the upwards of $26,000.
The Volkswagen Jetta is a popular compact car that’s now on its 7th generation. With the advent of the 2020 Jetta, VW is making it competitive in the sedan category. The Jetta comes equipped with advanced features usually found only on higher-end trims.
It will be made available with a 1.4L turbocharged engine with a respectable 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Take note, if you’re a fan of the stick shift, VW doesn’t disappoint. Go with the lowest Jetta variant as it comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. The rest comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode.
We have good reason to be excited with the upcoming Volkswagen 2020 lineup of vehicles. VW definitely has all the major segments covered: from the sprightly hatchback (Golf) to the family SUV (Atlas). These VW vehicles will be a welcome addition to the US car market. 2020 is poised to be a good year for the German automaker.