The new SUV is based on Volkswagen CrossBlue SUV concept showcased at 2013 Detroit Motor Show
Volkswagen showcased the CrossBlue SUV concept at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show, and after three years the German automaker has began testing the full size SUV based on the CrossBlue concept. The seven seater SUV will be positioned above the Volkswagen Touraeg, and it will compete against other full grown SUVs like Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot.
Interesting fact is, the test mules spotted in US were disguised in such a manner, that it cannot be actually identified as a Volkswagen model. The test mules were spotted with an unknown logo and unusual front grille.
Volkswagen plans to launch this car in the US market initially, where it will be a replacement for the Volkswagen Routan. Later, in near future this new SUV might reach the Indian shores as well. Dimensionally the new seven seater large SUV will come with 4987 mm of length, 2015 mm of width and 1733 mm of height. It will come based on Volkswagen’s famous MQB platform, and will be built beside the US spec Passat sedan.
Volkswagen’s new SUV takes some design cues from Skoda VisionS SUV, which was recently showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The test mules spotted come with sharp rectangular headlamps with dual units, LED daytime running lights. Although the front grille is covered, but the chrome lining highlighting the grille is visible.
The front bumper gets a beefy appearance with large air intake and skid plate. The bonnet also sports similar design with the Skoda VisionS concept. The entire front fascia delivers a very muscular vibe. The front wheel arches look muscular and the alloy wheels come with an aggressive stance. The side body cladding, roof rail and chrome lining at the greenhouse area are also visible. The rear gets roof spoiler with high mounted stop lamp, shark fin antenna, large LED clad taillights, beefy bumper with skid plate. It will come with a three row seating arrangement.