Rumors have been circulating for a while that Volkswagen has been working on a three-row crossover. Now it has been officially confirmed by the Wolfsburg automaker.
The planned “Honda Pilot fighter” as Car & Driver puts it, should help bolster the appeal of VW CUVs amongst US buyers since the two-row Toureg is expensive and doesn’t fit the needs of the majority of shoppers in this segment.
In keeping with its current US market strategy of offering more spacious vehicles at lower prices, expect the new VW crossover, when it does materialize to be priced similar to the Pilot and the Ford Explorer, which should mean somewhere in the low $30k range.
As for engines, the most likely candidates will probably be VW’s 3.6-liter gas V6, with the 3.0-liter V6 TDI diesel a possible option. Given that this new SUV has obviously been designed primarily with the US market in mind, it will probably be built here too, at the firm’s new manufacturing complex on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee, though Mexico remains another possibility.
Alongside the new three-row crossover, a VW exec has also reportedly said that the next generation Tiguan will also be conceived more with a US audience in mind; the current model, is seen by some as perhaps a little too “European” thanks to its compact dimensions, firm ride and GTi like driving characteristics.
[Source: Car & Driver]