Later this year, Volkswagen will start to build a new seven-seater midsize crossover at its Chattanooga plant in the US, and it has just built the first test body.
Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant in Tennessee is preparing these days to put into full production a new midsize crossover that will expand later this year the automaker’s SUV lineup, a segment for which the demand seems not to cool down even a bit. Therefore, as a step towards the building process, the first test body has just been produced at the factory for the purposes of checking the calibration of the body shop equipment, for the new model to be put under further testing and development. The new car is set to hit the market in 2017, but few details are known by now.
The first glimpses were showed more than three years ago, when Volkswagen first revealed the CrossBlue Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new crossover, that aims to fill the gap between Tiguan and Touareg, will ride on modified MQB platform and offers a three row 7-seat layout to rival models such as Ford Explorer.
While the original concept was powered by a hybrid powertrain made by a TDI Clean Diesel Engine and two electric motors, it is quite obvious that the model will not see a diesel engine, but likely some turbocharged four or six-cylinder units. Besides the new crossover, Volkswagen is also planning to expand its SUV range in the near future with a new full size premium SUV, based on the newly showed T-Prime Concept GTE.