An earlier report said that Volkswagen is planning two new crossovers for the US market. Now a fresh report from Autocar reveals that the company is planning not two, but at least five new crossovers/SUVs for the US market. Global markets will also get them, but US market will be the main target of these vehicles.
Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Member of the Board of Management (Volkswagen brand), has confirmed that the three new mainstream SUVs and at least two coupe versions of them will be built.
The production version of the CrossBlue concept that was unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show is already in the works and the production model of CrossBlue Coupe concept that was unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show is also being developed. Both the standard and the coupe version will be built on the MQB platform and be around 250 mm longer than the new Passat Estate. The CrossBlue will sit below the next generation Touareg.
Next is the second generation Tiguan. The currently sold Tiguan is based on the old, sixth generation Golf’s PQ35 platform. The next generation model will be based on the MQB platform, and spawn a long-wheelbase version also which will be called Tiguan XL. The long-wheelbase version will have three-row, seven seat arrangement – a major selling point for SUVs in USA. A coupe-like derivative with lowered roof is also planned. The all-new Tiguan is reported to debut at the 2015 International Motor Show (IAA 2015) in Frankfurt in mid-September.
The third one will be a Polo-based crossover that has already been confirmed for production. As reported earlier, this crossover will be based on the sixth generation Polo which is expected to arrive in early 2016. However, the new report contradicts the earlier report which said that the Polo-based crossover won’t be sold in the US. This will be a subcompact crossover positioned below the Tiguan and will compete with the Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax and the Honda HR-V.