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Volkswagen's Next SUVs Will Get Unique Names

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And here's where they will be built.

VW has said it plans to build a smaller SUV to sit below the Tiguan, tentatively called the Tarek. On a recent visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where VW will build its new Atlas Cross Sport, we asked Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group North America to talk about the company's future SUV plans.

"The Atlas was the right way to go and there is a massive opportunity to pursue the next segment, which will be a second vehicle in the A-SUV segment," Keogh explained. "If you look at the segment, there are about four to five million SUVs sold. We currently have the Tiguan, which is on the bigger side of that segment, and we certainly think there is room for a smaller one."

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Keogh told us that this future SUV will debut in "early calendar year 2021" and be built at VW's Pueblo, Mexico plant. As for what this model will be called, Keogh simply said: "we will announce the name - and all of that - as we see fit."

VW already sells an SUV called the Tharu in China, which will likely be similar to the vehicle we get in the US. However, when asked if it would borrow a name from a European model like the T-Cross or a name like 'Tiguan Cross Sport,' Keogh said "No, I think it will get a distinct name. It will get an American market name." So when VW finally reveals its next SUV, you can expect to see a name that differs from the rest of the world.

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VW North America is also gearing up to show off its version of the ID electric platform, which will be an SUV. Rumored to be called the ID.4, the electric SUV will be revealed in February 2020 at a private VW event before going on sale at the end of 2020.

"Initially, that car will be imported from Europe and that's the same car that will be localized here at this plant in Chattanooga," Keogh said. "We see the car rolling off the assembly line sometime in 2022." This means the first model year or two you buy in the US will come from Germany, before production moves to the US.

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