Volkswagen Bringing Teaser Crossover Concept to Geneva
BUDD-e–Style Grille Could Signify Electrification
Volkswagen will be bringing a crossover concept to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week. The concept is one of its first speculations on the future of Volkswagen since before the company was shown to have installed emissions defeat devices on some of its diesel-powered vehicles.
Earning the ire of a good number of environmentalists and government agencies for the alleged emissions cheat, Volkswagen has a good battle ahead of it in terms of repairing its tarnished reputation. For that reason, we expect the company’s newest concept to come with some form of electrification. Backing up that assumption is the crossover’s grille shape, visible in one of the three teasers the company released in anticipation of the concept’s debut.
The broad-V shape of the front end calls to mind Volkswagen’s recent BUDD-e concept car, an all-electric hatchback inspired by the classic VeeDub Microbus. The Crossover’s grille has similar contours as the BUDD-e’s. Also visible in the teasers are smallish, air-slicing wheels, eschewing a concept car’s usual massive rollers for something a little more efficient and aerodynamic. LED headlights and distinctive LED signature lighting are the other features clearly visible, but any of the car’s other details are shrouded in mystery and lens flare.
Its size and proportions seem to suggest a subcompact crossover positioned beneath the company’s all-new Tiguan SUV, likely to compete with the Fiat 500X and Buick Encore at the low end and the BMW X1 and forthcoming Audi Q2 at the high end.
There’s been some scuttlebutt suggesting that Volkswagen will bring more electric and hybrid clean-air vehicles to market as an apology for the company’s diesel scandal, and this concept (along with the Tiguan GTE hybrid) could lead the charge. We’ll know more next week.