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Received your coronary heart set on a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, one with upsized wheels, stickier tires, greater brakes, some crimson piping across the grille, and tartan seats?

I really feel you. However Volkswagen’s illustrious GTI vary is just not about to co-sign any laws on the opposite aspect of the aisle. Atlas? Tiguan? Tiguan Restricted? Touareg? T-Roc? Amarok? Westfalia? Eurovan?


“I feel with the three [GTI models] we now have now, we’re set,” Volkswagen board chairman Herbert Diess instructed Autocar.

Sadly for the USA scorching hatch market, nevertheless, solely one-third of Volkswagen’s GTI lineup truly makes it to America.

Perhaps a Tiguan GTI wouldn’t be so unhealthy?

20018 Volkswagen Tiguan Euro spec - Image: VolkswagenVolkswagen’s Herbert Diess isn’t ruling out efficiency utility autos altogether. In reference to a scorching model of the upcoming T-Roc, “We’ve one other sub-brand R which we’re contemplating [for such a model],” Diess says.

Diess is due to this fact open to the concept of quick Volkswagen crossovers, and why wouldn’t he be? The U.S. market, for instance, now generates extra whole gross sales with SUVs/crossovers than with passenger vehicles. There are efficiency SUVs aplenty within the luxurious sphere, enhancing revenue margins and permitting patrons who need utility and efficiency to have their cake and eat it, too.

Adopting such a observe in a cheaper price bracket will certainly appear apparent sooner or later. But in the intervening time, high-performance variants of mainstream SUVs/crossovers are uncommon, although an N-badged Hyundai Tucson appears seemingly.2017 Volkswagen Up GTI Concept - Image: VolkswagenNonetheless, Volkswagen will reserve the GTI observe for decent hatchbacks. GTI, says Diess, “ought to be this automotive – a scorching hatch.”

Regardless of nice difficulties for the Volkswagen model in America over the previous few years — gross sales have been plunging earlier than the diesel emissions scandal rocked the automaker in late 2015 — the Golf GTI continues to be a hit for the model. Excluding wagons, 48 % of the Golfs bought in the USA by the primary 5 months of 2017 have been GTIs. Issue within the all-wheel-drive Golf R and efficiency Golfs accounted for 60 % of Golf hatchback gross sales and greater than one-third of whole Golf gross sales.

Actually, Golf GTI gross sales are up 2.5 %, year-over-year, in early 2017, rising past the file ranges achieved by the Golf GTI in calendar 12 months 2016. Volkswagen of America reported 23,934 Golf GTI gross sales in 2016, 59 % higher than the annual common achieved by the Golf GTI over the earlier decade.2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI - Image: VolkswagenThroughout the whole Golf efficiency lineup, GTI and R inclusive, Volkswagen reported 11,151 U.S. gross sales in 2017’s first 5 months, 2,379 fewer than Subaru managed with the WRX/STI lineup.

Volkswagen right this moment revealed the sixth-generation Polo and its accompanying GTI variant, a 197-horsepower junior Golf that at present has a base value 30-percent decrease than the Golf GTI’s within the UK. Moreover, Volkswagen is increasing the GTI lineup with the Up GTI, a 113-horsepower A-segment scorching hatch at roughly half the Golf GTI’s value level.

You’ll be able to’t have these vehicles. And if you happen to might, the worth factors seemingly wouldn’t be fairly as engaging on this aspect of the Atlantic.

You can also’t have a Tiguan GTI, Atlas GTI, or Touareg GTI. The explanations on this case are totally different. Such autos don’t exist.

And gained’t exist.

[Images: Volkswagen Group]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Fact About Vehicles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.web. Observe on Twitter @timcaincars.

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