At a small media roundtable session with journalists at the Los Angeles Auto Show today, Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen's head of global design, confirmed that VW's much-rumored three-row utility vehicle will be "most hopefully" revealed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The vehicle is expected to be at once larger and less expensive than the Touareg range, something more akin to a longer Tiguan (shown above) than an off-road juggernaut. That said, Bischoff was quite clear that VW considers the unnamed model to be an SUV, not a crossover. If you're envisioning a body-on-frame vehicle with a low-range, think again. When Bischoff was questioned about what constitutes an SUV versus a CUV, he pointed to design elements like the positioning of the A-pillar, not the hardware underneath. According to Bischoff, the three-row's off-road capability will be "not as strong as the Touareg, but more than good enough to compete... It's an SUV in the European way – in the Volkswagen way."

As far as an MPV for North America goes, Bischoff says that a replacement for the aging Routan minivan is "not on the to-do list," noting that VW will end its relationship with Chrysler, which manufacturers the Routan. Word of no future MPV would also appear to corroborate reports that the retro-minded Bulli concept van of 2011 also has no production future.


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      Snark
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Touareg isn't an offroad juggernaut any more than an X5 is, anymore. No low range makes it pretty weak.
        Edsel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Snark
        All vehicles are off-roadable. It's the not so simple matter of getting them back onto roads is the defining problem.
          wilkegm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Edsel
          That, and the amount of parts they will leave behind...
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Design of the A pillar differentiates an SUV from a CUV? Since when?
      wilkegm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Klaus can put his A-piller wherever he wants, if the thing is built on VW's passenger car arcitecture, its a cross-over. Chalk this car up to another in the list of things to do if 'vee fill rul ze Vorld'. Seems like a great time to jump into a segment, just as Ford, Hyundai-Kia and Chrysler have released new vehicles, and entries from GM, Toyota, and Honda are due for a refresh. Is it crowded in here? Ironic- in German, SUV=Crossover, while what we call SUV are called "Offroaders".
      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      The VW Routan is a great sporty Minivan and it's not aging (2009 intro). My wife love her SEL and we have a zero problems with it. I recommend Routan to anyone looking for a sporty family hauler..
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think new SUV will chassis by non US market VW Amarok pickup.
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        @Matt Frawley
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      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      It seems VW is hell-bent on destroying resale value of existing VW owners.
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      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW is so short sighted sometimes.. routan is fine example of this. In north america the bulli will flop like Xb and the cube. VW needs to bring the bus line up back in TDI - fully of utility and space. A VW bus that families would enjoy, not some little tiny teen box. however that said the old buses weren't that big but they could sleep 4-5 people. Imagine VW offered 3 variants of the VW bus transporter, westfalia, and panel (to target industrial applications). I have my doubts VW will ever wake up.
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        @mr.vw
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          mr.vw
          • 2 Years Ago
          You are bogus, If VW was forward thinking, VW would've decontented their cars long before their competitors, If VW was forward thinking VW would've launch Amarok, Tiguan TDI, Passat Alltrack and brought the Scirrocco already. You clearly you don't know VW beyond AB.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh. How much uglier can it get? I feel sorry for the people who might end up buying this.
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          mmmmtocino
          • 2 Years Ago
          dude calm down man, im a VW salesperson and its not that serious when people down talk your cars. I love VW's and i think that theyre great cars, not everyone will think that way no matter what facts you share with them. not everyone will understand the styling (for example i cant stand the Sonata). not everyone will understand pricing. it happens. you dont have to insult everyone's opinion man.
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW can actually differentiate this CUV. Have just 2-3 models and offer a TDI version. Price the entry level under 30k with the 2.0 T and the top model perhaps with a 3.6 V6 or 3.0 TDI at 40k. - 42k. Sort of like a cut price Q5/Q7.
        bouljf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        It's likely this new SUV/CUV will use the Passat's platform and from what I know the VW Group does not have a 3.0 or v6 diesel available fort transverse mounting. If it gets a diesel it's will probably be a high power version of the Passat's 2.0; I think VW has a 177hp and 295 lbs-ft that would fit.
          bouljf
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bouljf
          Well the Passat weighs roughly the same as a Camry so you can take a leap of fate and assume an SUV based on the same platform would be similar to the Highlander's weight. That's available with a gas 4 cylinder engine that produces a lot less torque than a TDI would. Not saying it would be quick but it gives you a means of comparison.
          Vinuuz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bouljf
          Being german, I assume this car to be heavy. Will the 2.0 be able to lug this around even if tuned up to 177 hp/295 lb ft?
          pmpjunkie01
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bouljf
          VW is moving away from platforms to a matrix of parts of sorts. With three matrix systems they plan to cover everything from the UP to the Bentleys. This will be on the MQB matrix which covers all cars with transverse oriented engine.
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