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Clandestine mission secures photos of VW's Ford Explorer fighter

...Or somone leaked images from inside a storage facility.

Volkswagen has been working on a large three-row SUV since at least 2013 when it unveiled the CrossBlue concept at the Detroit Auto Show. Our photographers have captured VW testing the three-row crossover before, but Auto Sina in China spotted the upcoming ute without any camouflage. The vehicle, which is badged as the Teramont in China, closely resembles the CrossBlue concept and the SUV that we've seen testing. Though called the Teramont overseas, the vehicle will likely get a different name when it arrives in America.

At the front, the crossover wears the same LED headlights as the CrossBlue concept. The crossover ditches VW's current set of round taillights for a more angular pair, which also appear to feature LEDs. The silver trim that was previously spotted on prototypes can be seen running along the side and at the rear of the undisguised crossover. The overall design of the exterior isn't bad, but also isn't noteworthy.

The crossover also has a "V6" badge on the back, which surely points toward the 3.6-liter engine found in the current Passant. We expect the crossover to be offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged motor with a hybrid variant also in the lineup. Auto Sina also managed to get some pictures of the crossover's interior, which features two-tone leather seats and VW's recognizable center console design. The pictures show a spacious cabin with plenty of rear legroom, but don't display the third-row seating. Regardless of what VW decides to call the crossover in the US, the vehicle should go on sale early next year. To see Auto Sina's complete set of photos for the vehicle, head over to its website.

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