When Volkswagen opened its new Chattanooga factory, there were lots of questions about what else it was going to build there, since Passat volume wouldn't come close to soaking up the facility's 150,000-unit capacity. A three-row crossover was often mentioned as another model, with Automobile reporting that a possible 180,000-unit expansion could lead to Porsche, Audi and VW CUVs being built there.

Now Car and Driver reports that a three-row Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer fighter will be built, and it will "almost definitely" be assembled in Tennessee or Mexico. It might use the Passat's platform, the rumored engine is VW's 3.6-liter V6, and its MSRP is expected to strongly challenge those of its competitors (in the manner of the Jetta and Passat's newly competitive price strategies).

The same report claims that VW is working on a Tiguan more suited to American tastes, which probably means turning it into something more like a Jetta crossover than a Golf CUV. Last year, there were several reports that Volkswagen was considering moving both Golf and Tiguan production to North America, and a Stateside-leaning Tiguan might mean now is the right time to do so.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      The large SUV sounds very promising, especially the VR6. The 3.6 is one of the smoothest and best soundingV6s out there and it runs like a dream. Note to VW- why not replace the Tiguan with the Passat Alltrak instead of yet another CUV? The fact that it will be based off the Jetta doesn't sound very good. If you have to make a CUV, actually make it cheap and competitive at the same time instead of cheap and uncompetitive like the Jetta. Actually give it a decent interior, maybe fit it with that proposed 1.8 turbo you were talking about earlier. Off topic, but PLEASE give us a Jetta R with the 3.6 VR6.
        SpikedLemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        A Passat wagon wouldn't be too bad. It's not a populated field, the Volvo XC60, Honda Crosstour and Subaru Forrester/Outback are really the only players that come to mind and they're not top sellers.
        Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I agree that the VR6 is a good engine, but it needs a little more HP. Perhaps 300 or 305 with torque around 280 at least. A detuned version of the 3.0T might be a good idea. The Tiguan is a very good looking CUV, but it's very expensive. VW should definitely build all of its vehicles here in North America. A US build T-reg VR6 would cost fully loaded around $47K instead of the $54K asking price, and a Tiguan would run loaded for $32K vs $38K as of now. Big difference. I also heard that the next CC will come from the US Passat and also a 2 door Passat. That same platform could be use for a wagon/alltrack but that would depend on the US demand for wagons.
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does VW plans include reliability improvement?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @diffrunt
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          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          bhtooefr: The problems VW has faced cannot all be ascribed to engines. The Jettas with windows falling into the doors? How is that a problem with engine tech?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Trevor
        • 3 Years Ago
        Too bad the asian brands have such garbage interiors.
      Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didnt consumer reports say vw puts out good test cars and bad production cars.
      MiddleClassMotoring
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's amusing how much VW wants to be Toyota. I'm going to miss the cooler (but more expensive) European market cars VW sells here. "Stateside-leaning" generally means bigger, blander, cheaper, and less engaging.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MiddleClassMotoring
        The U.S. spec Passat is actually THE most fun to drive car in its class. It's obvious you have never driven one.
          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          @ MCM I don't think VW employees are allowed to have Land Rover avatars on their Twitters, are they???? hehehehe...... No, I don't work for VW. I appreciate a broad spectrum of cars ranging from European to American to Korean to Japanese, from exotics to rice rockets to classic musclecars to spartan track cars to European luxury sedans to offroaders like Jeep/LR. I myself was one of the first ones to bash the Jetta and the Routan when they came out. Yes, it's true that the Passat is nowhere near as good as the od Passat. Guess what? It's also $7k cheaper! Given the massive price cut, it really hasn't lost that much content. The diesel and V6 choices are stilll competitive, the handling and driving dynamics are still very good for this class, it still has a relatively soft touch interior, and it has class leading interior space. @ Carlos Cruz When compared to everything else in the class, from the Fusion to the Sonata to the Altima, the ride is class leading. It does not feel in the least like "an improved Camry". The Camry has one of the blandest drives ever. The Passat, when equipped with the V6 and DSG, actually feels and handles like a real VW should. You have an R32, right? Well, I used to have one too, and driving the V6 Passat brought me back memories of my old R32.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's really a naming issue. No redneck can say Tiguan.
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 3 Years Ago
      "More suited to American tastes" is another word for "make it as cheap as possible". But "three row", "3.6l engine" and "comparable to Ford Explorer" sounds by no way like a Tiguan, which is very much comparable with the Ford Escape. Do you mean the Touareg?
      thevwhippie
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Death of the Golf and Tiguan is coming. After my 2010 tiguan is done, I'll be leaving. After 20 years as VW driver, I will be leaving the brand as VW sucks the german innovation out of the north american product line just watch!!. From the torsion beam rear end to crappy plastic interior to drum brakes. VW has sold their soul for a buck. See before you bought a VW, you knew they are a little temperamental on maintenance. However the fit & finish and the driving experience offset vw's reliability short comings. Now the Jetta and Passat SUCK!! If you say anything different you have no idea of a good car. Why isn't our North american crap being imported into germany. Here in north america if car company has a good or funny commercial and cheap price we come running. We are sheeple!!
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      3.6L? Why bother? Another old engine dumped on the US market by VW. Take a small vehicle that shows some promise, bloat it up, dump an old engine in it and foist it on the US market. Typical VW fare. I guess it's better than slapping a VW badge on a Chrysler minivan.
      techie69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boy thevwhippie, you should have left something for me to comment about, but I guess you covered it all! No more said, brother!
      • 3 Years Ago
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