Every now and again, the rumor mill spits out the possibility that Volkswagen is going to start selling the Scirocco sports hatch in the U.S. The rumor mill is at it again as VW is working on a new model.
Another new old model
A small cadre of people have been salivating for several years over the prospect of Volkswagen selling the modern Scirocco, a three-door hot hatch, in the United States. Mechanically, the Scirocco is similar to the Golf, except the Scirocco is much prettier, with flared rear fenders and sharper lines, similar to an Alfa Romeo Brera.
The current Scirocco is a modern take on an older model that Volkswagen sold in the United States until 1988. It was discontinued completely in 1992, when VW phased it out in favor of the Corrado, according to AutoGuide. VW launched a new version in 2008 but declined to sell it in the U.S., citing the global recession making it not economical to adapt to American regulations. VW also didn’t want the Scirocco to compete with the GTI.
However, occasional rumblings have been recorded of the Scirocco possibly being brought across the pond. Johnathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen of America, said in 2011 he would love to see the Scirocco sold here, according to MotorTrend.
According to AutoBlog, Browning has been bringing it up again lately, though just as with last year, Browning says that the Scirocco won’t come to America during the life of the current model. The next Scirocco is due sometime within the year. Browning also said there’s a chance the Passat Alltrack, a diesel-powered crossover wagon version of the Passat, will also be brought to the U.S., after the concept was shown at the New York Auto Show. The Alltrack, a new model, is currently being launched in Europe.
Stylish but nothing new under the hood
The Scirocco, just like the Golf, comes with a variety of engines, ranging from smaller, economical gas and diesel motors to performance engines, such as the 2.0-liter, 256-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder found in the Golf R. It isn’t definite that it will be sold in the U.S. nor what engines it might be offered with, but it is likely to be a little more pricey than the Golf.
The base model Golf in the U.K., for instance, starts at 15,865 pounds (about $26,000), but starts at $17,995 in the U.S. The base Scirocco starts at 19,650 pounds (about $31,115), so it would likely start somewhere around $22,000.
VW UK: http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/
VW USA: http://www.vw.com/en.html