The VW Group is planning a crossover explosion in the next three years. As the brand sees it, the key to satisfying customer demand for SUVs is to replace core models like the Tiguan and Touareg – new versions of which are due in showrooms in 2016 – and create more unusual spin-offs like the VW Beetle Dune and TT Offroad.
The wackier models will allow cars like the new Tiguan (shown in our exclusive images) to play it safe with styling and a chassis tuned more for comfort than fun. Still, engine options are set to include downsized petrol turbos, an 80mpg-plus BlueMotion model and a plug-in hybrid.
A year after the new Tiguan debuts, a long-wheelbase seven-seater version is set to appear – and our image shows how it could look.
Affordable seven-seater SUVs are seen as a big growth area in the market, as large families migrate away from unfashionable MPVs – this is why Land Rover plans to do the same thing with its new Discovery Sport.
There are even rumours that a lower-slung Tiguan Coupe, to rival BMW’s new X4, could be launched. Plus, an up!-based Taigun is expected in 2015, while the much larger CrossBlue, set for the US, could still come here.