The Wolfsburg-based company is working on tripling the number of Volkswagen-branded SUVs in its range from two to six.
Two anonymous sources who spoke to Bloomberg said the company was working on a “coupe” and a stretched version of the next-generation Tiguan.
The new Tiguan is expected to debut in 2015 and will be based on the MQB platform that underpins various products, including the Mk7 Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and the latest Skoda Octavia. Thanks to its new architecture, the second-generation Tiguan is said to be lighter and more fuel efficient than the model it will replace.
In addition, there are solid plans to build a five-metre-long, three-row, seven-seat SUV modelled on the CrossBlue concept (above). This vehicle should enter production in 2016, although it may be delayed as no factory has yet been confirmed. Reports indicate that the Mexican and Tennessee governments are in an incentive war to lure production of the large SUV to their jurisdiction.
In order for the the production version of the CrossBlue to be competitive in the US against the likes of the Toyota Highlander (known as the Kluger in Australia) and Honda Pilot, it will be priced below the Touareg. That’s despite the fact that the CrossBlue will bigger and seat more passengers than its Europe-built sibling.
Although Volkswagen Australia is “very keen” on bringing the production CrossBlue to local showrooms, the car has only been confirmed in left-hand drive at this stage.
Rounding out the six-prong SUV range will be a sub-Tiguan offering. For this car Volkswagen is weighing up the pros and cons of a production model based on either the more functional Taigun concept (above), designed by its Brazilian arm, or the sportier-looking T-Roc.