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.
The design of the new VW CrossBlue Concept was penned in Germany under the guidance of the heads of design for the Volkswagen Group (Walter de Silva) and the Volkswagen Brand (Klaus Bischoff), with close coordination with Volkswagen of America. The result of this cooperation is a concept that features the clean lines of VW’s German "design DNA" and the masculinity of an American sports utility vehicle. Although CrossBlue is a concept, it is a genuine VW car that offers a near-production appearance.
Finished in CrossBlue Glass Flake, the CrossBlue concept features these dimensions: 4,987 mm in length, 2,015 mm in width and 1,733 mm in length. Thanks to these dynamic dimensions, its wide tracks (1,686 mm on the front and 1,696 mm on the rear), flared wheel arches and newly designed 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 285/45 tires, the CrossBlue Concept sports a confident stance on the road as well as supreme masculinity.
The lower body section of this SUV concept is wrapped in a stainless steel finish, thereby elegantly contracting the CrossBlue Glass Flake exterior paint. Penned by a team led by Marc Lichte, the design of the concept’s exterior is defined by a prominent and long bonnet with integrated air inlets, a long roof line and a very short front overhang. Moreover, the concept features silhouette ascends subtly towards the rear.