Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it is "very keen" to offer local buyers the production version of the seven-seat Volkswagen CrossBlue SUV to fill a gap in its existing product range.
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Speaking at the local launch of the all-new Golf wagon, Volkswagen Australia communications general manager Karl Gehling told CarAdvice a seven-seat production car based on the 5.0m-long six-seat Volkswagen CrossBlue concept would be “a nice fit for us in this market”.

“At the moment it’s been confirmed in left-hand-drive only so we don’t have any plans at this stage, but obviously we’ve made it clear that if there were further development of that program to include right-hand-drive markets we’d be very keen to offer it locally,” Gehling said.

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“Clearly we don’t have a seven-seat SUV in the line-up and it’s one of the opportunities we’d like to be able to fill at some stage.

“I think it would do very well.”

Larger than the current 4.4m-long Tiguan and 4.8m Touareg, but expected to be priced somewhere between the two, the CrossBlue was confirmed for a 2016 North American launch in January though is not expected to reach European showrooms before 2019.

A potential rival for the Mazda CX-9, the all-wheel-drive CrossBlue concept – which debuted at the 2012 Detroit auto show – is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain comprising a diesel engine, two electric motors, a lithium-ion battery and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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Volkswagen has previously said that the model could support both hybrid and conventional petrol and diesel powertrains.

The CrossBlue concept was followed up by the Range Rover Evoque-rivalling five-seat plug-in Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe concept at last year's Shanghai auto show, later shown at the Los Angeles auto show in November with revised efficiency claims of 3.4L/100km and a pure electric range of 20.9km.