New "B-SUV" intended to help brand pivot toward families in the U.S.
We still won’t see it until the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but Volkswagen has revealed a few more details about its forthcoming midsize crossover, which the automaker refers to as its B-SUV. A new promotional video from VW teases the crossover’s length and powertrain ratings.
A promotional video showing a prototype of the new VW midsize crossover reveals that the model will be 5,039 millimetres (198.4 inches) long. That makes it a little bit longer than rival three-row crossovers like the Honda Pilot (4,940 mm) and Toyota Highlander (4,854 mm).
According to the video voiceover, the seven-seater will also pack a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine rated at 238 horsepower, as well as an optional 3.6-litre V6 good for 280 hp.
The crossover, for which a name still has not been announced, will be built at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Styling will draw some inspiration from the CrossBlue concept of 2013. It’s an important model for the brand to pivot from focusing on cars like the Jetta and Golf to larger vehicles more suited to the U.S. market.
“It’s a product that I believe fits really well with this market,” Volkswagen Group of America chairman Hinrich Woebckn said earlier this week. “It is a big step for the brand from a more compact line to a full line with a B SUV.”
The crossover will go on sale in the second quarter of next year, and is likely to be shown publicly in L.A. this fall.
Volkswagen will follow up that model with a long-wheelbase version of the new Tiguan. To be built in Mexico, that model will likely debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January and will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada by fall 2017. It will be, “a very competitive offering in the largest segment in the U.S., the compact SUV,” said Hendrik Muth, Volkswagen of America vice president of product marketing and strategy.