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Volkswagen unveils CrossBlue SUV Concept at Detroit Motorshow

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Volkswagen has unveiled the CrossBlue SUV concept at the Detroit Motorshow. It will be a seven seater SUV when it goes into production and will rival the likes of the Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot.

It will replace the elderly and slow-selling Routan MPV, fitting into the range between the Tiguan and the Touareg, a car considered too expensive to successfully compete against more affordable competition.At 4987mm long, 2015mm wide and 1733mm tall, the CrossBlue is bigger than a Touareg. It uses VW’s MQB architecture, and the production car is likely to be closely related to the next Tiguan, with transverse engines. It will be built in the US alongside the US-market Passat.

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The show car has a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, with a 2.0-litre engine and a pair of motors, one driving each axle – combined they produce 302bhp and a 0-100kph time of 7.2secs.

From the picture the concept looks to be of Mercedes GL proportions size wise. Will definitely be a good seller if it is launched in India, A seven seater makes a lot of sense.

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This SUV or speculatively, the soft roader could actually be the game changer for VW. Toureg could never fetch the much deserved success, given the predicament that its big brother Q7 makes lot more sense, especially in import market, where the four rings of a badge commands more snob value. But what VW has up it's sleeve is a huge portfolio to judicially use it's strength. Similar to what toyota and lexus do in USA. If positioned right, robust & faultless engineering of VW group wil spell the right future of this ambitious project..

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