Volkswagen to launch five new crossovers by 2020?
The crossovers are largely being designed to give the automaker\'s North American arm a much-needed boost.
A new report coming out of England finds Volkswagen will launch no less than five new crossovers before the end of the decade. The crossovers are largely being designed to give the automaker's North American arm a much-needed boost.
Scheduled to land next year, the first crossover will be a seven-seater model that will stretch nearly 200 inches long. It will essentially be a toned-down version of the CrossBlue concept that was presented to the public at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. Aimed at segment leaders like Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander, the yet-unnamed soft-roader will be bigger than the Touareg but it will be a lot less expensive and it will feature smaller four- and six-cylinder engines.
A five-seater version of the CrossBlue will follow shortly after. Inspired by the CrossBlue Coupe (pictured) that was presented in Shanghai two years ago, the crossover will cater to buyers who want a sportier and less utilitarian-looking large crossover. It will ride on Volkswagen's MQB platform, and it will share the bulk of its engines with its seven-seater counterpart.
Moving down, the next-gen Tiguan will be about ten inches longer than the current model but about a foot shorter than the five-seater CrossBlue. Also built on the MQB platform, it will offer a much more spacious trunk - finally addressing one of the current model's biggest shortcomings - and it will be available with an optional third row of seats best suited to carrying small children.
A sportier-looking version of the Tiguan will join the lineup shortly after the regular model bows in 2017, but details are currently vague at best. Insiders have simply revealed it will feature a more rakish silhouette and it will only be offered with two rows of seats.
At the bottom end of the spectrum, Volkswagen will build a Polo-sized crossover aimed right at the Nissan Juke. It will borrow a handful of styling cues from the Taigun concept shown in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012 but it will be slightly bigger and it will have five doors instead of three. The entry-level crossover is expected to be a hit in Europe, but it might not be sold in the United States due to its small size.
The two big crossovers will be built alongside the Passat in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Tiguan will be assembled in Puebla, Mexico, and it is too early to tell where Volkswagen will build the entry-level model.