New Volkswagen SUV to Be Built in U.S., Still Two Years Away

VWCrossblueconcept

Today Volkswagen officials announced a new midsize SUV would be built at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, where the automaker currently produces the Passat sedan. While officials call the new vehicle a "midsize SUV," it will be based on the CrossBlue concept we first saw at the 2013 Detroit auto show; most would consider the concept a three-row crossover. The company did confirm it would seat seven.

Related: Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept Photo Gallery

Production of the new SUV won’t begin until the end of 2016, so we wouldn't expect to see it on sale until early 2017.

The announcement signals an increased investment by VW in the U.S. of not only an additional $900 million into the facilities but also 2,000 new jobs as well. The company also announced there will be a new research center in Chattanooga to ensure new products meet the needs of U.S. car shoppers.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By David Thomas | July 14, 2014 | Comments (4)

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carma

A 2017 introduction will mean it took VW 16 years to copy what Toyota did with the 2001 Highlander. It better be good...our Highlander with 230,000 miles still has the original exhaust system and we just replaced the original shocks even though they hadn't yet failed. A tough market to crack with all the good crossovers already available.

Trailsurfer

Well, let's remember where the Japanese auto manufacturers "borrowed" their designs from in the first place. Germany.

David

Trailsurfer: You are obviously very unfamiliar with Toyota, or any other Asian vehicle design and engineering, and how it compares to German, or specifically Volkswagen and Audi's products. When Toyota begins product development, the only thing they use from Bavaria is the beer.

carma

@David, so true. I'd like TS to name all the germann crossovers that came before highlander. That would be zero.

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