Production Version of Volkswagen CrossBlue Headed to Showrooms


  • Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Picture

    Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Picture

    A production version of the Volkswagen CrossBlue is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms in 2016. | January 13, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Volkswagen said it will build a production version of its Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept, a midsize crossover, that was shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
  • The German automaker has not released the name of the production version of the CrossBlue or any other details.
  • A production version of the CrossBlue will compete with the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.

DETROIT — Volkswagen said it will build a production version of its Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept, a midsize crossover, that was shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The German automaker has not released the name of the production version of the CrossBlue or any other details. It is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms in 2016.

A production version of the CrossBlue will compete with the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.

"Volkswagen's midsize SUV for America is on its way!" the company said in a statement on Sunday.

The CrossBlue concept is slotted between the compact Volkswagen Tiguan and the full-size Touareg.

The concept is fitted with a diesel-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain and six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.

Last year, VW said the CrossBlue was designed specifically for the North American market. The concept uses the same Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB is the German acronym) architecture that underpins the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3. The concept features six seats, but VW said at the time that a planned production version would offer seating for seven in three rows.

The concept also featured integrated iPad Minis in the front-seat headrests and a Fender premium audio system.

Edmunds says: Good news for consumers who thought the Volkswagen CrossBlue was one of the standouts of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

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