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Volkswagen to Bring Five-Seat SUV Concept to Detroit

Concept Presages Seven-Seater Due in 2016

Dec 10, 2014
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.
Photo 2/12   |   Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Rear Three Quarter
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.
Photo 6/12   |   Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Concept Front Three Quarter
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.
Source: Reuters

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