We've been hearing rumors and reports about a seven-passenger crossover or SUV from Volkswagen, dating back to 2008. Now it seems like the German automaker could be closer than ever to offering such a vehicle. This new utility vehicle has now been mentioned twice by two different VW representatives since the Paris Motor Show wrapped up; first by CEO Martin Winterkorn in the Automotive News and now by Peter Thul, head of brand and product communications for VW AG, in Bloomberg.

Both recent interviews indicate that this new model will be bigger than the Tiguan, and Thul's comments confirmed that it would be a three-row, seven-passenger model. Even more detail: Thul said the new model would be aimed solely at the American market as more of a minivan replacement than an off-roader, so it is likely this is going to be an entirely new model rather than a stretched version of the Touareg. The Straightline Blog indicates this crossover could be based off the US-spec Passat which matches up with Winterkorn's earlier comments mentioning the possibility that this new vehicle is the best candidate to be built at the Chattanooga assembly plant.

Another upcoming model that likely won't be headed to the US is a subcompact crossover that will be positioned below the compact Tiguan. We expect to learn more about these new crossovers over the next year, but both should really help VW attain its goal of topping General Motors and Toyota to become the number one automaker around the globe by 2018.


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      flychinook
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get rid of minivan, replace with vehicle that will haul less stuff, be harder to get in/out of, and probably get fewer mpg. And people will buy it because it will look like it could off-road (but can't, and won't). America!
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      No Amarok? Sorry, not interested.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      What of the Routan?!
        GhettoDude
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        VW likely doesn't want to continue that relationship indefinitely, now that Fiat owns Chrysler.
        Carlos Cruz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        VW's experiment to test the market's acceptance of a VW branded minivan without having to invest in R&D.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they use some of the Microbus Concept's styling cues to help it stand apart from the mundane CUV crowd.
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 2 Years Ago
      If VW wants to truly compete in the SUV/crossover world they need to drop their prices just like their cars. A fully loaded T-reg V6 goes for $55K !!!!! That's like 7 Gs more than the Cherokee summit, and the Tiguan goes for almost $37K!!!!! WTF The 7 pass crossover in Chattanooga is a great idea. They also need to build the T-reg and Tiguan in the US so they can be competitive price wise.
      Proghog
      • 2 Years Ago
      How do you base a vehicle the size of a Suburban on a 4 door sedan?
      Ray
      • 2 Years Ago
      If only they would offer the VW Bulli micro bus. I'd love to get one of those.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anything that VW will offer North America will be a stripped down tupperware version compared to Europe. Why? Some might ask - we are too cheap to pay for quality, we want our cake and ice cream for free. I hope VW doesn't suck life completely out of the line up like the new jetta, passat. When the car companies make cars cheaper we give something up in return. I say don't cheapen the models just bring more european models or offer a euro spec version. VW lineup here is Yaaawn! in Europe it's like Christmas! When it comes to the 7 seater - VW should bring the micro bus concept over the bulli has no cargo space and lacks utility. A TDI Syncro Westfalia would be the perfect camping machine.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        Here's VW problem: they can't sell with higher prices because people in the US know VWs aren't that much better than their competition, yet are less reliable. For people to really go out and buy one, they would have to lower prices. VW doesn't have the secret recipe of the Japanese: cheaper prices AND higher quality/reliability. Many American cars are more reliable than VWs. Bringing Euro-spec VWs at higher prices will probably remind Americans that cheaper, better cars exist and will deter them from buying a VW. I agree, a TDI Syncro Westfalia would be a lot of fun. I once met a Canadian in California who put a diesel engine in his Syncro Westfalia and then converted it to bio-diesel. He parked his camper next to our 1976 Air-cooled Westfalia camper.
      Leather Bear
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since the Routan has been such a resounding success, why not take a Dodge Journey, slap a VW slat grille on it to replace the Dodge crosshairs, tart up the interior a bit, and jack up the price a coupla thou. Instant seven seat crossover! /s
      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      I HAVE A 1992 EUROVAN AND WORK FOR VW AND I STILL MISS THIS ONE ON NORTH AMERICAN MARKET. NO NEED FOR NEW MODELS JUST PRODUCE WHAT IS GOOD AND TESTED FOR MANY YEARS. IN EUROPE IS STILL FOR SALE AND COMES WITH A 2.5L TDI, JUST DROVE ONE THIS SUMMER. THE CAMPER WILL BE A GRATE SALE ALSO. IF U IMPORT ONE THE VW SCANNER WILL NOT READ IT. HOPE THEY WILL BRING/BUILT ONE FOR US!
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul
        But aren't the Eurovans like ridiculously expensive? I thought they are like $50,000 plus.
        scooter
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Paul
        you don't have to shout
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Volkswagen full size pickup based of Ram 1500 like Grand Amarok and VW will get Jeep Grand Cherokee. it is good idea.
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