Volkswagen to Bring Five-Seat SUV Concept to Detroit
Concept Presages Seven-Seater Due in 2016
In German, Volkswagen mean’s “people’s car,” and since the people want SUVs, VW will bring them SUVs. On the docket is a five-seat concept sport-ute, which rumors suggest will debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
A source who spoke with Reuters said the concept crossover would spin off into a production seven-seat SUV that will slot in above the Touareg in Volkswagen’s lineup. The lack of a larger SUV has hampered Volkswagen’s sales in the U.S. somewhat, where three rows of seats are all but expected (at least as an option) in crossovers and sport-utes.
We’ve seen Volkswagen toy with this idea before with the CrossBlue concept, which was revealed nearly two years ago in Detroit. The CrossBlue featured then-contemporary Volkswagen styling and was somewhat larger and blockier than the sleek Touareg. In concept form, the CrossBlue was actually a six-seater, but replacing the middle row’s buckets with a bench seat would reach that magic “seven” that is so important for new SUVs.
Earlier this year, we learned that Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, manufacturing plant would build the company’s three-row SUV, and if Reuters’ sources are correct, we should see a version of that vehicle next month, perhaps an evolution of the CrossBlue Coupe Concept (seen above) or something similar.
By the way, Volkswagen’s seven-seat SUV lineup could go from zero to two within the next two years. According to those same sources, an extended-length Tiguan (and a “coupe” version) is coming with that model’s next overhaul.