Volkswagen's Routan Replacement

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
volkswagen s routan replacement

Here’s Volkswagen’s replacement for the Routan – since that didn’t quite turn out the way VW wanted it to. This one won’t be based on the expensive Touraeg platform. It will probably be derided by the press as further evidence of VW losing its way, while selling in significant volumes. Onwards to 1 million units in 2018! I’ll get some live shots if I don’t fall asleep during the typically dry press conference.

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  • Kyree Kyree on Jan 13, 2013

    Speaking as someone born *after* the Jurassic period, that car does look pretty sweet. But unless the people at Volkswagen plan on fitting it with a whole arsenal of backup cameras and blind-spot sensors (and they won't, because they're cheap) that D-pillar needs to be narrowed significantly. I don't like having to guess at whether or not I'm about to sideswipe someone...

  • Sundowner Sundowner on Jan 13, 2013

    let's be realistic: it's going to be a USM Passat wagon with a high greenhouse, and extra coil in the springs, and maybe some black plastic bumpers. That works well in the US

    • Kyree Kyree on Jan 13, 2013

      I could have sworn they exhibited such a concept last year...

  • Wheatridger Wheatridger on Jan 14, 2013

    VW teased us with that wonderful Bulli concept, twice, was it? They already have practical and efficient minivans over the pond. But we have to wait for some hulking thing that looks like a Chrysler 300 wagon ran over a Dodge Caliber? My attitude towards Volkswagens now, if you love them as I do, is to buy the latest model you can stand, new or used with lowest possible mileage, and enjoy it for a long, long time. because I don't like the way this is heading.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 16, 2013

    In what way does this not look exactly like a Grand Cherokee?