Instead of investing heavily on upgrading its Indian portfolio to the global MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform even before the existing PQ architecture (Polo, Vento, Rapid) breaks even, Volkswagen is working on a cost effective solution that involves hybridization of the aforementioned platforms.
Called internally as the ‘Emerging Market MQB A0’, the new hybrid architecture would combine the flexibility and modernity of MQB with cost effectiveness of PQ. Such a product architecture will cater to emerging markets like India, China and Brazil.
With MQB A0, VW is looking to develop as much emerging market-spec products as possible with short lead times, avoiding major investments. The new hybrid platform is likely to underpin VW Group products across brands like VW and Skoda.
Economic Times reports that the modern architecture is likely to be debuted by Vento Nach Folger (German for successor) which is due for 2018-19. In due course, MQB A0 would become the standard platform for made-in-India products – next gen versions of Polo, Vento, Rapid, Fabia, and new utility vehicles.
Before Volkswagen MQB A0 platform sees the light of day, a sub-4m version of the current Vento would be launched in India. The compact sedan is expected to be ready for 2016 festive season.
Also read – 2015 Volkswagen Vento review
Volkswagen’s move to use the hybrid platform would enable it to remain competitive in the price sensitive emerging markets.