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The production version of Volkswagen’s large CrossBlue SUV, unveiled in 2013, has been spied testing in a clever disguise that focusses more on misdirection than camouflage.

Revealed initially as a six-seat concept, the CrossBlue was quickly confirmed as a preview of Volkswagen’s new entrant into the large seven-seat SUV market, where it will face off against offerings like the Toyota Kluger and the big new Mazda CX-9.

The SUV shown in these photos, spied driving around Los Angeles, has been wrapped in false panels at both ends that help to disguise the vehicle’s true look.

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A strange X badge can be seen on the bonnet and tailgate, while the grille and front bumper appear to have been attached in place of the final production model’s design.

The headlights may be the real deal, however, although the halogen bulb arrangement points to a base-model fit.

At the rear, Jeep Grand Cherokee-inspired covers are laid atop the final tail-light design, and one photo reveals the lit LEDs of the actual assembly beneath.

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Very little of the SUV’s profile has been disguised, although a false rear-quarter window panel and garnish appears to have been fitted in place of the already production-ready window and D-pillar design worn by the original CrossBlue concept.

Larger than the current 4.4m-long Tiguan and 4.8m Touareg, the CrossBlue – which will likely launch with a different name – will be built on Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform.

Expect power to be provided by the larger examples of the company’s petrol and diesel engines, along with a plug-in hybrid arrangement with a diesel engine, two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery pack and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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Australia

Volkswagen’s Australian arm has signalled its interest in the production version of the CrossBlue, but, for now the company has yet to confirm a right-hand-drive production plan for the big new SUV.

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