Despite the fact that Volkswagen confirmed on various occasions that the new VW CrossBlue concept is the top priority of the company in the U.S., there is hardly any official confirmation from the automaker whether the new SUV has been put into production.
The CrossBlue concept is likely to be produced in two plants of VW in Shanghai, China and Chattanooga, Tennessee. The success of this seven seater model is expected to be of prime importance for the company. With this VW intends to realize its plan of becoming the largest car-maker in the world by the decade end. The CrossBlue is regarded to fit in the lineup between the Tiguan and Touareg.
It has been over nine months since the CrossBlue made its first public appearance at the Detroit auto show as a concept and later at the Shanghai motor show as a Coupe. However, it is expected that a production version of the CrossBlue will not be rolled until 2015.
In terms of what prospective buyers can expect from the CrossBlue as exhibited in Detroit, it can be conceived as a completely operational model with diesel-electric hybrid system. It will be equipped with lithium-ion battery pack for force.
The CrossBlue is quite huge in size in terms of passenger car standards set by VW. It is 196.3 inches in length and the width and height are 79.3 inches and 68.2 inches respectively. The CrossBlue is even bigger and lower than the second-generation Touareg as well as long and wide than the second-generation Tiguan, which is due to be launched in 2015.
CrossBlue has been given a clean and practical look and seems to be aimed at the luxurious class of people. The exterior of the car is plain with a simple parallel grille along with extended surfacing and fine crease on the body side. However, the interior is appealing and extravagant. There is good work of leather with metal highlights and glass inlays. The dashboard is high mounted and in good order. Besides, there is touchscreen monitor and an assembly of oversized dials.
The CrossBlue possesses a clever combination seating arrangement with enough leg and head room for everyone. The CrossBlue offers good individual seating for up to seven. Pricing of the base version is expected to be somewhere around $32,000 in the U.S. Overall, the production version of the CrossBlue seems promising.