A seven-seat Volkswagen SUV has been confirmed by VW CEO Martin Winterkorn at an exclusive event on the eve of the Detroit Motor Show.
The announcement is part of an initiative aiming for one million VW or Audi-badged models sold in the US by 2018, with this particular SUV model primarily aimed at that market.
Dr Winterkorn said: “Engineering is already underway on this seven-seat passenger vehicle for America. It will arrive in 2016 with a dynamic design and plenty of space for American families.”
In total, Volkswagen will be investing more than seven billion USD in to North America to help achieve its sales goal but the improvements are already plain to see. “The Group has almost doubled unit sales in the US since 2008, setting a new record of over 600,000 deliveries in 2013,” said Winterkorn.
The as-yet unnamed seven-seat SUV has already been previewed by the CrossBlue and CrossBlue Coupé concepts, with VW insiders revealing that the production car will look almost identical.
Whether it will come to the UK is still up for debate but in the opinion of people in the know it’s unlikely to be offered initially but there’s certainly a never-say-never attitude.
The CrossBlue will be based on the same MQB architecture as the Golf, which means it will be available with a similar range of engines. Four cylinders diesels are on the cards as VW tries to convince America of their benefits, while the plug-in hybrid system due to arrive in the Golf this year is also a possibility.