Volkswagen Plans Lineup Of Five SUV For The US
Volkswagen’s attempts to dominate the U.S. market have fallen short, with the automaker posting a 10 percent loss last year, despite the market growing by six percent. However, rumors have emerged suggesting VW has five new SUVs planned for the U.S., with hopes of grabbing profits from the ever-increasing Sport Utility trend.
Word has come straight from VW’s technical chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser that the company will launch three new SUVs with two possible coupe-like derivatives coming after. The first will be the CrossBlue – the seven-passenger, 16-foot-long SUV slotted below the next-generation Touareg. The CrossBlue is a likely candidate for the coupe transformation, as VW has already released a concept version back in 2013. The CrossBlue Coupe would compete against the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe.
The CrossBlue is expected by the latter part of 2016 and will be built at VW’s Tennessee plant, where plans are already underway to expand the still-new facility by some 130,000 square feet.
Next in the list is a replacement for the five-seat Tiguan. This crossover would have three-row seating and would be based on the long-wheelbase Golf platform. Expect it to slot under the CrossBlue. A refreshed and sportier Tiguan will also debut.
Also coming is a compact crossover that competes with the Nissan Juke. Already seen as the Taigun Concept, Neusser calls the crossover the “Polo SUV,” indicating both its relative size and its underlying architecture. The Taigun will measure roughly 12.5 feet and come in a five-door configuration.
Continue reading to learn more about Volkswagen’s future SUV lineup.
Why it matters
It seems obvious that market trends are headed full-steam towards crossovers and SUVs. That’s what’s selling the most and that’s what automakers are catering to. Now that VW is on board with the crossover idea, it can’t get them into production fast enough. These models will certainly help the automaker sell its way toward the top, though it has a long way to go.
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