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Volkswagen to Debut Five-Seat Crossover Concept in Detroit

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/9/2014 Kelly Pleskot
Volkswagen to Debut Five-Seat Crossover Concept in Detroit

Volkswagen first showed us its intent to add a large crossover to its lineup when it debuted the CrossBlue concept in January 2013. Two years later at the 2015 Detroit auto show, Volkswagen will debut a five-seat variant of the seven-passenger SUV it plans to bring to the U.S.

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According to Reuters, speaking with unnamed sources, the new SUV will be built at VW's Tennessee plant in 2016. It is likely to head into production in 2016-17, although it has not yet received final approval.

Offering a large crossover will help Volkswagen broaden its SUV lineup beyond the compact Tiguan and midsize Touareg models. VW Labor rep Bernd Osterloh, speaking with Reuters, admitted it is important for VW to expand its reach in the world's second-largest car market.

"We need more models there ... If we had a pick-up truck today, we would perhaps already be at 600,000 (vehicle sales)," he said. VW sales dropped 11 percent this year through November, with sales of the Tiguan and Touareg down 16.5 and 14.3 percent respectively.

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Adding the new seven-passenger SUV is just one part of VW's growth strategy. Previously, we reported VW had planned to add a number of new crossovers for the U.S., including a Mini Countryman competitor. It also has slated next year for revising the Tiguan and adding coupe-like and long-wheelbase versions, the latter of which may be hybrid-powered.

Images of the Volkswagen CrossBlue and CrossBlue Coupe concepts shown.

Source: Reuters

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