Volkswagen continues to entertain plans to produce a crossover version of the future Jetta SportWagen to extend the Jetta lineup. This model would be quite similar to the Alltrack concept, which was presented recently. Autoweek, a sister publication of Automotive News, spoke to a senior Volkswagen executive who said that there is “definite sales potential” for a new lifestyle-targeted Jetta model to enter North America and other global markets.
He said that the new model may be based on the one that succeeds the current model. He is referring to a Subaru Outback fighter with an increased ride height, unique bumpers and light graphics, with extra wheel-arch cladding and specialized interior trims.
So that development costs wouldn’t go out of control, the same steel body and mechanical package are used by the wagon and the crossover. Volkswagen conceived the crossover to be equipped with either the standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive.
When it is sold in the U.S., it’s likely to be named the Jetta Alltrack. It’s likely to be offered as the Golf Alltrack in other markets such as in Europe. The next-generation Tiguan that’s slated to be released in 2014 will increase in size and will come with an optional third row of seats in North America.
It’s apparent that Volkswagen believes that there’s some space at the lower end of its lineup that could be filled by another crossover. A plant in Mexico will assemble the Jetta crossover alongside future versions of the current Jetta sedan and SportWagen as well as the new Jetta four-door-style coupe.
These four models would be based on the new modular platform structure of Volkswagen. A plant located in Mexico will also supply a four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline and diesel engine for the Jetta models.