VW developing more crossovers to slot around Tiguan
Confirming persistent rumors, a Volkswagen executive has acknowledged development plans for several new crossovers to slot above and below the Tiguan.
The SUV and crossover markets are booming, and VW’s sales woes have been partially blamed on its mostly low-riding lineup. The company has already announced plans to build a large seven-seater based on the CrossBlue concept, but VW Group Australia managing director John White suggests more attention will also be given to the smaller end of the scale.
The executive told CarAdvice that another SUV will soon arrive to slot below the next-generation Tiguan. It will presumably allow VW to compete with the Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and other small rivals, though White’s comments suggest it will be a different model than the Taigun concept that is aimed at Europe, Asia and Latin America.
“[The sub-Tiguan model] hasn’t been announced yet, but obviously we need to come down to a smaller size, different segment,” he said. “Then we’ll have that Cross Coupe, which we showed I think in Shanghai two years ago. That’s going to be the more luxury derivative.”
The company has shown several ‘Cross’ concepts, including the CrossBlue Coupe concept (pictured) that emerged two years ago in Los Angeles. The newer CrossBlue Coupe GTE concept is built upon VW’s MQB platform, pairing two electric motors with a 3.6-liter VR6 engine for a combined output of 355 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.
Previous rumors suggest the sub-Tiguan model could be introduced next year and go on sale in Europe by 2017. Recent reports claim it will be one of five new crossover models to arrive in VW’s lineup before the end of the decade.