Turns out the Volkswagen Cross Coupé concept shown off at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show may be a smoke signal for an impending new product. And apparently the reaction was positive enough to the integrated grille and sloping hindquarters that the picaresque four-door crossover could inspire a production version within three years.

VW execs believe CUVs will continue to grow in popularity, and that as they do, customers will want perhaps more car-ish variety in their styling, with more muscle and sportiness. According to Autocar, this vehicle wouldn't come alone, either, with "several variants" being pledged if this one does see the light.

The concept itself was done with that in mind, seeing as it sits on the transverse matrix architecture that will support the next Golf and Audi A3. When we saw the concept in person, we couldn't help but notice the production touches like partsbin window switches and seat rails, so we had a strong feeling that we were looking at a thinly disguised new model (though the hybrid powertrain will likely be a thing of the distant future).

Check out a video of the Cross Coupé on the stage in Tokyo after the break.



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      atc98092
      • 3 Years Ago
      Put a diesel in it (in the US, not just Europe) and I would seriously look at this to replace my Tiguan. 3 years would be just about right for me.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      i really like it. a very unique design... like a sciroccuan ;) i hope they don't change too much
      Karl T
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's certainly ugly enough to be a current VW.
      nettsu
      • 3 Years Ago
      and people slam BMW for being niche obsessed... VW is more of a company that strikes me as being niche obsessed. Oh look there's a new niche quick let's do something about it...
      sfblog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since this is a coupe, is the FR-S by Scion a convertible? I this might be a SUV4DRCCSWH Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door Coup Convertible Sedan Wagon Hybrid
      razorpit
      • 3 Years Ago
      3 Years? The Korean's will copy it and have it out in 1.5.... I hope VW is hard at work on the Cross Passat wagon, or whatever its called. They need an Outback competitor
        razorpit
        • 3 Years Ago
        @razorpit
        By the way this reminds me of what the original Tiguan was suppose to look like (minus the grill treatment). Anyone else remember this one? http://www.topspeed.com/cars/volkswagen/2008-volkswagen-tiguan-preview-ar11763/picture91460.html
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @razorpit
        it's almost 2012
      sparrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'd buy one right now.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I were to pick a marque in VAG that would be competing with LR/RR it would not be VW. Hope they don't make another Phaeton mistake.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        I'll put it this way. If every car VAG put out was like the Phaeton, they would be out of business in a matter of years. If you ask me, that makes the car a mistake.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        phaeton was one of the best cars in the world. it just has/had an image problem.
      בִּנְיָמִין בִּ
      minus the grill it's nice. that grill doesn't work... with that 3 chrome borders... looks like a horizontal tooth gap to me...
      Tstag
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll wait for the super cool Grande Evoque by Range Rover which will come out at about the same time. At the end of the day I'm a badge snob and Land Rover's can offroad, which is a bonus.
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