Volkswagen has at last made official its long-known plans to build a new seven-seat SUV in the US at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Inspired by the large CrossBlue concept revealed early last year, the new wagon will be aimed primarily at North America, where it will be marketed as a medium SUV.
Volkswagen’s Australian arm has confirmed its interest in the new model, but for now the SUV will be built in left-hand-drive form only. No plans for right-hand-drive production have been confirmed.
In Australia, the SUV would take on the new Toyota Kluger - also built in the US - along with the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Holden Captiva 7, Nissan Pathfinder and, so long as it’s still with us, the Ford Territory.
Expect the new model to carry turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, along with either a seven-speed DSG auto or the company’s coming 10-speed unit.
"The Chattanooga-built midsize SUV will allow us to fulfill the wishes of our dealer network, bringing new customers to our showrooms and additional growth for the brand," Volkswagen Group of America boss Michael Horn said.
"We are eager to be entering this growing vehicle segment with a world-class, seven-passenger SUV from Volkswagen."