Volkswagen seems determined to build a new three-row crossover and expands its U.S. factory in Chattanooga. Still, the decision will be made by year end. Apparently, the main reason is that Chattanooga is competing for the new vehicle against Volkswagen's factory in Puebla, Mexico. The new three-row crossover is a new segment for Volkswagen.
Despite it is a little larger than the current Tourareg, the new SUV will need a different design and architecture. According to Autonews, the new crossover requires Chattanooga to produce Volkswagen’s new flexible global vehicle platform, which it calls the MQB toolkit. Still, the next-generation Passat will also move to the MQB toolkit and Chattanooga currently builds only the Passat sedan.
The new three-row crossover was previewed by Volkswagen with the seven-seat Crossblue Concept back in January, at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. If built, the new model will help Volkswagen Group to achieve its sales target in the United States of 1 million VW and Audi vehicles by 2018. For those who don’t know, Audi and Volkswagen sold 577,443. In the United States back in 2012.