Volkswagen's aggressive electrification plans may take awhile to fully form in the U.S., as the ID4 remains the brand's only EV offering in the region until 2023, with a third all-electric model, a sedan, due by 2024.
Meanwhile, product planners will continue to work on the German mass-market brand's crossover lineup, which now includes the Taos, introduced this year. But they will have to decide whether to convert the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport from their current powertrains to electric ones. The brand is also likely to trim its sedan lineup further, with the Arteon expected to sunset in the U.S., while the Jetta could see a planned redesign turn into a less expensive freshening if sedan sales continue to fall.
Golf GTI/Golf R: The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf arrives in the U.S. in the fourth quarter, but only in the form of the higher-end GTI and R. The redesigned GTI sports a retuned version of the current car's turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine. Two transmissions are available: a six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The GTI and R would be due for a midcycle freshening in 2025, under the brand's traditional product cadence.