Volkswagen's Three-Row Crossover Spied Testing in Southern California

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Volkswagen’s three-row crossover has been spied testing near the company’s Southern California facility.

Looking a bit like a Jeep, Volkswagen is surprisingly not concealing the latest prototype with tons of camouflage. Instead, it’s using a random logo for the hood and trunk to hide from the fact that it’s a Volkswagen prototype. Still, this is the best look we have gotten yet at the upcoming three-row crossover that currently doesn’t have a name.

The prototype spied testing features a side profile that’s similar to what was seen with the CrossBlue concept that previews the production model. The design of the rear end is consistent with what was introduced on the 2016 Volkswagen Passat.

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Volkswagen’s three-row crossover will ride on the same MQB platform introduced on the 2015 Golf family. Expect it to offer at least seven seats and its size will be similar to the Honda Pilot. Pricing will likely be in the $50,000 range, making it one of the more expensive vehicles the German automaker has to offer. With that price tag however, buyers will get a high-end interior packed with plenty of driver-assistance technologies and a sunroof.

Under the hood, the most likely candidate is a 3.6-liter V6 engine borrowed from the Passat, paired to standard front-wheel drive while 4Motion all-wheel drive will be an option. A smaller 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is also a possibility for Volkswagen’s three-row crossover, but given the automaker’s current affairs with diesel engines it’s highly unlikely an oil-burner will come to the U.S.

Volkswagen is also putting a major focus on electrification, so a plug-in hybrid variant will join the lineup at a later date.

It is expected that the model will arrive early next year and currently Volkswagen only plans to sell it in North America.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Jdrch Jdrch on Apr 01, 2016

    Looks like a nice alternative to the shrunken GMC Acadia.

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