with the mqb system its very likely we will see it. I bet they still nerf our cars some how. It would also be nice if by uping the low end with awd they would bring an rs, but they probably wont bring it here.
I remember reading a news story somewhere (perhaps Autoblog) where an interviewed VW official said to expect more AWD options from VW in the American market in the future.
Is it reasonable to hope that the Golf VII will be available with AWD in the United States? I know we didn't get a MKVI AWD option until near the end of the model run with the top-of-the-line Golf R, but I would love to see a more affordable AWD option available for those of us who don't need all of the performance/power/expense of an R-model.
I went from a VW Jetta (MKV) to a Subaru just to get AWD. I gave up many things I loved about the VW just to get a car that would do better on the rarely plowed roads and long commute I need to deal with in the winter. VW would have me back in their camp immediately if they sold somewhat affordable AWD cars.
Yeah, the AWD Tiguan starts a bit high, and isn't available with a manual transmission. It is often said that the Puebla plant is not laid out for AWD drive trains - but that is wrong; the MkIV and MkV (Golf Variant) were available with 4Motion in Europe. And, things could change with the MQB architecture. So, perhaps at one point we could see an AWD JSW or Jetta sedan.
It is also pretty clear that VW will build a crossover or an SUV or two at Chattanooga. However, those would be at the minimum Passat-sized, that is comparable to an Outback.
It looks to me like VW doesn't believe there is much profit in small cars in the US. which is also the reason why we don't get anything smaller than the Golf (especially if it is manufactured in expensive Europe). As long as the Golf is imported to the US from Germany, I doubt things will change. But perhaps we will get more options on the Tiguan; for example, supposedly we will finally get a TDI.
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My sister recently bough a Suzuki SX4 sport sedan, cute little car. I have like the suzukis, owned a grand vitara before and for what it was it was a great car.
I never heard of the Kizashi till i went to the dealer, a good looking car, with a very nice fit and finish after looking it over. Surprisingly i have started to see many of them here in Edmonton Canada.
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It would be great to get an AWD version but I don't think that fits in with VW scheme. It seems like they want to go back to basic with the Golf (and the GTI) in particular. It is supposed to be a hot hatch (read a hot cheap hatch). I think they will probably be looking at keeping the costs down esp with the ever increasing growth in the Korean/Japanese market.
And you are probably right. The best chance the US has for seeing an AWD MK7 Golf is in the "highend" "R" configuration.
If anyone is seriously expecting AWD option in a base Golf configuration, I have some swamp land in Florida I would love to sell you.